Hepatitis B Vaccine Kills Baby and other Vaccine Death Cases


Baby dies after injection of Hepatitis B vaccine

A 44-day-old baby, named Nguyen Ngoc Minh, died around 2 p.m. on Friday, six hours after having been injected with Hepatitis B vaccine at Ngoc Thuy Ward medical station in Hanoi’s Long Bien District.

According to Dr. Nguyen Thi Thuy, director of Long Bien District Preventive Health Center, the baby’s family agreed to let the Forensic Department conduct an autopsy on the infant to determine the cause of death.

The center also demanded the Bac Giang General Hospital to temporarily cease using the Euvax B vaccine, as well as requesting health officers monitor the health of the 193 babies who were also injected with the vaccine, produced by South Korean-based LG Co.

Source: Thanhniennews.com, news report, 6th January 2008.

Note, the ingredients of this children's vaccine are:

Aluminum hydroxide, Thimerosal , Yeast, Sodium chloride, Sodium phosphate-monobasic, Virus: Hepatitis B, Potassium phosphate.

Although thimerosal in children's vaccines was phased out in America in 2001, I have found Aventis Pasteur data sheets dated 2003 which list thimerosal in countries other than America.

Thimerosal is also used in the manufacturing process of most vaccinations and according to the manufacturer's, may still contain trace elements of the mercury derivative, even if it is labelled as mercury free.

Baby Girl Dies 12 Hours after Vaccination

A five-month-old infant, Surya, died nearly 12 hours after she was administered the first dose of the DPT, Oral Polio and Hepatitis B vaccines on Wednesday.

Authorities at the Institute of Child Health, Egmore, declared her dead on arrival last night. The parents chose not to file a police complaint and refused to allow post-mortem. Public health officials said it was unlikely to be a vaccine death because the most common cause, anaphylactic shock, would occur within an hour of vaccination.

Editor's Comment: the latent phase, where side-effects occur later is well documented in medical literature. For instance, professionals say that adverse reactions to MMR are more likely to happen 10 to 14 days after the shot.

Two Month Old Boy Dies after Vaccinations

A two-month-old boy died allegedly after being administered three immunisation injections at a government dispensary in Sonepat on Wednesday. The hospital authorities kept the body at the civil hospital's emergency room for post-mortem. Police have started investigations after receiving a complaint from Pooja, the victim's mother.

The police said Pooja alleged in her complaint that her son was administered three injections by an employee of the health department at the dispensary on Wednesday and as she reached home, the child started vomiting and bleeding through nose profusely.

She said when she took the child to a nearby nursing home, doctors declared him brought dead.
Sonepat SMO JS Poonia said: "Immunisation injections are administered for DPT, hepatitis and BCG, but in this case, real reason behind the death of the child would be known after the post-mortem reports are out."

Source: Hindustan Times, 19th September 2012.  http://www.hindustantimes.com/Punjab/Chandigarh/Two-month-old-boy-dies-after-vaccination/SP-Article1-932656.aspx

Vaccine Killed My Baby

I believe my only child, Samantha, died from childhood vaccinations. Her immune system gave in after she was given the shots.

Parents can waive those shots, citing their own religious convictions, if written on paper and given to the schools.

If parents had their children vaccinated, they should give them lots of vitamin C, since vaccinated children seem to be prone to lots of infections, asthma and SIDS, for example.

To learn more about the side effects of these shots, contact the National Vaccine Information Center, 407 Church St. Suite H, Vienna, VA 22180.

Beverly Trask.

Source: Kennebac Journal, 9th November 2012.  http://www.kjonline.com/opinion/learn-about-vaccines-before-children-get-them_2012-11-07.html

Indian Doctors Warn Against Mass Vaccination after Infant Deaths

A series of infant deaths after receiving the pentavalent vaccine had prompted doctors and academicians to write to the centre against its mass use. Now, the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) has issued a statement commending the government's efforts in providing free pentavalent vaccines and calling the fears as unfounded.

The pentavalent vaccine is supposed to provide protection against five life-threatening diseases - Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Hepatitis B and Hib (Haemophilus influenza type b). While, the DPT (Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus) and Hepatitis B are already part of the national routine immunization programme, the union government has recently added the protection against Hib. The combination together is called pentavalent. The centre had recently introduced the vaccine in Haryana, Goa, and Pondicherry after Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Three infants had reportedly died in the past one month in Kerala after receiving the vaccine, while one death was also reported from Haryana this month.

Source: The Times of India, 25th January 2013.  http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-01-25/mumbai/36547228_1_pentavalent-vaccine-hib-pneumonia-and-meningitis

Vaccine Suspected to Have Killed at Least 13 Infants

ON JANUARY 10, a day after a 42-day-old was administered pentavalent vaccine in Kerala, the infant developed fever and died. This was a repeat of what happened at Chalakudy Taluk Hospital on December 30. A 47-day-old was injected the same vaccine; it slept at night but did not wake up. Parents of both the infants suspect the vaccine caused the deaths. A doctor at the forensic department of Thrissur Medical College, where the post-mortems were conducted, said on condition of anonymity that the vaccine may be the cause as there was no other reason for the death.

At least 13 deaths have been reported from Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Haryana, all pointing towards pentavalent vaccine. Demanding analysis of mortality data from the two states, academicians, health activists and paediatricians wrote a letter to the health secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, on January 15. They pointed out that the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) had stated that the vaccine would be extended to other states only after data from Kerala and Tamil Nadu were reviewed and the vaccine was proved safe.

Source: Down to Earth, 15th February 2013 - http://www.downtoearth.org.in/content/pentavalent-takes-its-toll

Grandson Died after Vaccines

Testing for safety and effectiveness of vaccines leaves a lot to be desired.  2:  Vaccine makers are protected at the federal level from being sued over adverse vaccine reactions.  3.  Doctors don't like it when you ask them to sign a paper taking 100% responsibility for any and all adverse vaccine reactions.

Perhaps the lawmakers would like to take 100% responsibility for all adverse reactions that occur with this forced, one size fits all vaccine bill.  

I lost a grandson who's death was mis-relegated to SIDS; he was perfectly normal until well baby check, he got sick shortly after and within the month he was dead.  I  spoke with a nurse who's own grand-daughter was severely damaged by the shots given at well baby check.  She told me that she attends the doctors visits with her daughter and grand-daughter at Doernbecher's and has spoken with dozens of parents from all walks of life who say the same thing; "My baby was perfectly fine and healthy until well baby check."  

Neuro-toxins have no place in the human body, and aluminum and mercury are just two of many nasty ingredients that we are subjected to when getting vaccines.  I personally have had many serious issues because of mercury and aluminum; (mostly due to silver amalgam fillings, and vaccines in the service) the road to recovery is slow and long.  

It is my opinion that kids who are vaccinated should have their vitals checked before the jabs, and at regular intervals for thirty days following the jabs, and keep it independent from the vaccine makers.  That is the only way any real research is going to get done.

Source: Comment on 'Testimony Heard over Vaccine Exemptions for Children' article, Katu.com Politics, http://www.katu.com/politics/Testimony-heard-over-vaccination-exemptions-for-children-191958381.html#comments

Four-day-old baby dies after vaccination

A four-day-old baby girl died after allegedly being administered hepatitis vaccine at the Government hospital here, officials said today.

The baby's parents in a complaint to the Government College dean Soundararajan said the vaccine was given yesterday and the infant died within half-an-hour.

The spot where the vaccine was injected turned pale and the baby died, the parents said.
Officials are verifying if the vaccine was properly refrigerated or had expired.

Source: Deccan Herald, 16th February 2013.  http://www.deccanherald.com/content/312503/four-day-old-baby-dies.html

Month-old baby dies hrs after vaccination

High drama was witnessed at Thane Civil Hospital on Monday, after a month-old baby girl, Ayushi Gupta, died a few hours after she was administered oral pulse polio drops along with Hepatitis B vaccine and DPT (diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus) vaccine.

The baby’s parents, Amit and Lata, who reside at Mahagiri Koliwada in Thane, blamed the vaccination for her sudden death, and a complaint of negligence has been filed at the Thane Nagar Police Station.

A post-mortem was conducted, but doctors have reserved the cause of death and the deceased’s viscera have been sent for chemical analysis at Kalina’s Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL).

Amit Gupta, who is employed at a garment shop, said his baby was due for the first doses of vaccination, and was unwell when they took her to the hospital. “She was coughing but the doctor at Thane Civil Hospital who examined her said it was because of the change in weather,” Amit said.

The girl’s parents said she was administered two injections (Hepatitis B vaccine and DPT), and the polio vaccine was administered orally. “As soon as she was vaccinated, she started crying,” said Amit, adding that the doctors said she may cry the entire day due to the vaccination and that it was a “common side-effect”.

The nurse advised Ayushi’s mother to feed her after two hours. “We brought her home and fed her milk around two hours later. Around 7 pm, her eyes were shut and we assumed that she had fallen asleep,” Amit said, “When my wife tried to wake her up, she did not move.”

Ayushi was rushed to Maltibai Hospital where the doctors declared her dead on arrival. “They told us she had died more than an hour ago,” said an inconsolable Amit, who has another daughter, aged four.

Senior Inspector P Thorat from Thane Nagar Police Station said, “We have recorded statements of the doctors and the nurse who administered the vaccines. We have also checked the batch of the vaccination. However, Gupta’s complaint will be converted into FIR after we get the chemical analysis report, which may take up to amonth or even more.”

The hospital’s medical superintendent, Dr R B Kulkarni, said that 22 infants were administered vaccines on the same day as Ayushi. “None of them were brought in with any complaint. It seems to be an odd case where the baby may have had some health problems,” said Kulkarni.

Medical experts say adverse effects after routine immunisation are rare as the vaccines have been modified over the years. Dr Preetha Joshi, neonatologist from Kokilaben Ambani Hospital, said: “Fever, shivering and excessive crying are common. Death due to a vaccine is very rare.”

Source: Mumbai Mirror, 22nd February 2013.  http://www.mumbaimirror.com/article/2/20130222201302220404477967d807e2d/Monthold-baby-dies-hrs-after-vaccination.html

VAN UK's Comment: Death after vaccination is considered rare because whenever it happens doctors pass it off as 'coincidence' or say the child was suffering with something else.

Pentavalent vaccine: Doing more harm than good?

Jacob Puliyel, Head of Pediatrics, St Stephens Hospital Delhi, questions whether the time has come to stop using Pentavalent vaccine for immunisation

Immunisation with the new Pentavalent vaccine resulted in the recent death of two babies in Kerala. This combination vaccine was to replace the trivalent DPT (against diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus vaccine) and additionally protects against Haemophilus influenzae type b and Hepatitis B. The post mortem certificate in both babies stated: “Based on the findings in the autopsy, preliminary reports of microbiological and histopathological findings, no definite opinion as to the cause of death can be furnished. Death due to natural disease, injury and aspiration pneumonia are ruled out. However, death as a result of post vaccination sequelae could not be ruled out.”1

Vaccines are administered to a large number of healthy children to protect against illness and death. The autopsy reports suggest that the vaccine was the most likely cause for the deaths but stopped short of saying the vaccine definitely caused the deaths.

All drugs have side effects, it has to be decided if the adverse effects are unacceptable. As children die from other reasons, unrelated to the vaccine there it is possible that coincidentally children may die of other disease on the day they were immunised. However for children noted as dying after pentavalent vaccine no ‘alternate and sufficient cause’ was found to explain the death in spite of diligent investigations. Even if no alternate cause of death is established the possibility of ‘Sudden Infant Deaths Syndrome’ (SIDS) exists where deaths happen without explanation.

Deaths in several countries where the vaccine is used

The two deaths whose autopsy reports are discussed above are not the only deaths associated with this vaccine. This vaccine is used mostly in developing countries. There were eight deaths in Bhutan.2 There were 25 instances of serious adverse events in Sri Lanka including five deaths.3 There were three deaths in Pakistan.4 There were 10 children who suffered serious adverse events of whom seven died in Vietnam.5 There were at least 15 deaths in Kerala6 and two in Tamil Nadu7 and one in Haryana8 making the total 18 deaths in India. These deaths, in different countries using vaccine from varied manufacturers, rules out defects in some specific batch of the vaccine, and also indicate that they are unlikely to be because of incorrect administration of the vaccine. The WHO considers two deaths due to vaccination as a cluster9 that mandates rapid evaluation of the risk to public safety.10 That there are 41 deaths are a matter of serious concern. Should the programme be now suspended?

Infant mortality rate and coincidental death on day of immunisation

Information obtained under the right to information suggests that in the first six months, when the vaccine was administered to 40,000 children in Kerala, five children died. If this is extrapolated and the 25 million babies in India born each year are vaccinated we can expect 3125 deaths.

These deaths from the vaccine would seem to outweigh any benefit that immunisation can yield. In Kerala 14 babies die before their first birthday per 1000 live births. This is called the infant mortality rate (IMR). Half of these deaths occur in the first month of life. The other seven deaths per 1000 occur in the remaining 11 months. Pentavalent vaccine is administered after six weeks of age, and so it is administered to babies who have survived the first month of life. Four out of five deaths occurred with the first dose of the vaccine and on the day or the next day of vaccination. The death of babies in the first day after vaccination works out to be four times higher than the expected number. The vaccine meant to save lives seems to be increasing mortality rather than reducing it.

Deaths from SIDS

Pentavalent vaccine is given to healthy babies. Mothers in Kerala don’t ordinarily bring very sick babies for immunisation. Each baby is examined by healthcare personnel before vaccination. So sick babies are unlikely to receive vaccination. Babies who die are usually severely ill. The deaths in these vaccinated babies are deaths in apparently healthy babies who no one anticipates will die in the next few hours. Another possibility is the rare SIDS, the death of an apparently healthy baby without explanation. SIDS may be the explanation for a very small number of deaths. Here the ‘unexplained deaths’ following immunisation, are four times the number that usually die after the first month of life. SIDS is very unlikely to be the explanation for these deaths following Pentavalent vaccination. Furthermore, the SIDS rate in the third month of life is higher than that in the second month, and if these deaths were merely coincidental with the Pentavalent vaccine there should be more deaths after the second dose rather than the first. However, four of the five deaths in the first six months in Kerala, were after the first dose. This also argues against all these deaths being SIDS deaths.

Lives lost to adverse events against lives saved by vaccination

One method to decide on continuing the programme would be to see if more harm is done than the benefits (reducing disease deaths in the community) by vaccination.

Pentavalent vaccine provides protection against Hib disease. Evidence from the World Health Organization studies in India suggests that seven children in 100,000 get Hib meningitis of which 10 per cent die. If the 25 million babies born each year are immunised it will prevent 8750 cases of Hib meningitis and 875 deaths over the next five years. Vaccination also protects children against pneumonia: more children get Hib pneumonia but few die of it. If we double the estimated deaths about 1750 children in the country die each year from HIb disease and these can be saved by immunisation. We cannot estimate the lives saved by Hepatitis B immunisation as they do not happen in childhood. The deaths from the vaccine (3125) seem to outweigh the benefits (1750 lives saved).

The parallels with Rotavirus vaccine withdrawal

In 1999 the newly introduced Rotavirus vaccine in the West was suspected of increasing 'intussusceptions' (a surgical condition of the small intestine). Ordinarily one in 10,000 children would get intussusception. This went upto 2/10,000 in the two weeks after the first dose of Rotavirus vaccine was administered. When 15 extra cases of intussusceptions were noticed (and when not even one baby had died) the vaccine was withdrawn.11 Product liability rules are so stringent in the West that the manufacturers voluntarily removed the vaccines before they were asked to.

Noel Narayanan Commission and underestimation of adverse events

Before starting the programme in Kerala the Government set up theNoel Narayanan Committee12. It recommended the Government collect data on each child immunised with the vaccine, for 48 hours after immunisation. A government affidavit to the Delhi High Court suggests this was not done in a systematic way but reporting of adverse events was left to voluntary ASHA workers13. They are given incentives depending on the number of children receiving Pentavalent vaccine in their area. This could be a disincentive for reporting adverse events as, such reports could reduce vaccine uptake and her earnings.

There are the Government Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for adverse events following immunisation (AEFI)14. The numbers reported suggest severe under-reporting: while over 100 serious adverse reactions of various types would be expected with the standard DPT (triple antigen) vaccine in six months, only two were reported with Pentavalent vaccine that incorporates the DPT. In addition it appears there was an attempt to blame the parents of the first child who died following immunisation in Kerala. The press reported that the baby did not die of vaccine reaction but was smothered15 to death and later a spokesperson for the Health Department claimed the mother's breast-milk feeding killed the child.16 It took the post-mortem report to clear the parents of these accusations. Given these circumstances it is clear that adverse events are likely to be under-reported and we can anticipate that the 15 deaths reported from Kerala, is an underestimation.

Post-marketing surveillance and concluding remarks

Notwithstanding any deficiency in the Government reporting system, the vaccine manufacturer is obliged to provide the Drug Controller with a listing of all side effects in the first few years of marketing a newly licensed drug. The Drug Controller is the regulatory authority which has to ensure such reporting is made available.

Most of the information presented here pertains to the first six months of the programme in Kerala for which information was made available under the RTI. The public must insist that data for the 14 months the vaccine has been in use in Kerala and Tamil Nadu is carefully evaluated in a transparent manner before decisions are made for the health and safety of our children.

(Disclosure: In December 2009 a former Union Health Secretary Professor KB Saxena and eight others filed a public interest petition in the Delhi High Court to ask the Government of India to formulate an evidence-based rational vaccine policy for introducing new vaccines and to ensure that the basic EPI vaccines are provided to every child without discrimination or constraints of funds. The author is one of the petitioners. Since August 2010, he is a member of the National Advisory Group on Immunization. (NTAGI)).

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author.


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Source: Express Pharma, 1st April 2013. http://pharma.financialexpress.com/sections/res/1971-pentavalent-vaccine-doing-more-harm-than-good

Vietnam suspends Quinvaxem vaccine following 9 deaths

The Ministry of Health decided on May 4 to suspend the use of Quinvaxem, the made-in-Korea vaccine against five childhood deadly diseases, after nine deaths and dozens of cases of severe allergic reactions among local infants were reported over the past six months.

Since last November, nine newborns from different provinces died after being vaccinated with Quinvaxem, which is meant to prevent five common, potentially fatal childhood diseases: diphtheria (D), tetanus (T), pertussis (P, whooping cough), hepatitis B (HepB), and Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib).

All of the babies who died were in good health, but hours after receiving the vaccine they began wailing loudly, convulsed, and had serious trouble breathing, before passing away shortly after.

Despite several tests, no scientific evidence directly connecting the vaccine with the deaths or severe allergies has been provided, while health officials stressed that the vaccine batches involved were good quality and met all technical requirements.

However, no evidence has been produced to exclude the vaccine as a reason either.

According to Trinh Quang Huan, former deputy health minister, out of the 42 batches of Quinvaxem vaccine imported by Vietnam, over 20 resulted in minor to severe allergic post-injection reactions.

Huan also noted that whole-cell pertussis vaccines, like Quinvaxem, are among those that cause the most allergic reactions.

After severe reactions were reported in different provinces after immunization with Quinvaxem, provincial health departments halted the use of the vaccine.

Nguyen Nhat Cam, head of the Hanoi Preventive Health Center under the Ministry of Health, said that though tests on the vaccine batches suspected to have something to do with the deaths last January proved that the vaccine involved was fine and stored correctly, his center still halted the use of the vaccine, with some 3,000 remaining doses.

Source: Tuoitre News, 5th May 2013.  http://tuoitrenews.vn/society/9330/vietnam-suspends-quinvaxem-vaccine-following-9-deaths

Vietnam suspends use of Quinvaxem vaccine for children

HANOI, May 9 (Xinhua) -- The Vietnamese Ministry of Health instructed health centers across the country to suspend the use of Quinvaxem vaccine until the World Health Organization reports its final investigation conclusions, local media reported on Thursday.

The ministry released the instruction after local media reported that since November 2012, nine children died after receiving Quinvaxem vaccinations.

The vaccine, administered to children, is a preventative inoculation against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough) , hepatitis B and H. and influenza Type B.

Quinvaxem is manufactured by the Berna Biotech Korea Corporation and was licensed for use in Vietnam's national expanded immunization program sponsored by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization.

According to the ministry, since June 2010, Vietnam has imported 16.2 million doses of Quinvaxem, 15.2 million doses of which have already been distributed, state-run Voice of Vietnam reported on its website.

The World Health Organization has sent experts to Vietnam to investigate the alleged serious side-effects of Quinvaxem, a 5-in- 1 vaccine for children, following some suspected deaths in the country, according to the report.

Batches of Quinvaxem have also been sent to the United Kingdom for further testing.

Source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/health/2013-05/09/c_132371052.htm 

Eight Babies Dead in China After Hep B Vaccination

The number of babies who have died in China after being vaccinated against hepatitis B has risen to eight, state news agency Xinhua reports.

A newborn baby died on Monday in a hospital in Sichuan province after being vaccinated on Sunday afternoon.

Chinese health experts are looking into the deaths of several babies who received the vaccination in a government immunisation programme.

Investigators have been sent to the company that produces the vaccines.

The investigation was launched after babies were reported to have died shortly after receiving the hepatitis B vaccine made by BioKangtai, a drug manufacturer in the southern city of Shenzhen.

Four babies reportedly died in the southern province of Guangdong, although one was said to have died from pneumonia, reports the Associated Press (AP) news agency.

The National Health and Family Planning Commission reported that two babies in Hunan province and another in Sichuan had also died in a similar way.

One more child in Meishan City, Sichuan, died on Monday, less than 24 hours after receiving a hepatitis B vaccine made by a different company, Xinhua said.

Source: BBC News China, Christmas Eve, 2013.


The unfortunate story of 37 deaths from a ‘good vaccine’

On October 11, two children died in Kashmir after receiving the Pentavalent vaccine, taking to six the total deaths there in one week and to eight the deaths over the last three weeks. According to reports appearing in local newspapers, the deaths were said to be an allergic reaction to the vaccine. These deaths come on the heels of a press release from the health ministry on October 10 that a committee that looked into the 15 deaths in Kerala after vaccinations has said they were not caused by the vaccine but were coincidental deaths. The press release also announced that the Pentavalent vaccine is to be rolled out nationwide. A week earlier, another ministry spokesperson had admitted there had been 29 deaths all over the country following the vaccine. The figure has now ballooned to 37.

The 29 deaths had happened when 82 lakh doses have been administered (and about 27 lakh children have been immunized). This works out to more than one death per 100,000 vaccinated and that 300 children would die each year from the vaccine when the birth cohort is vaccinated. It must be borne in mind that the adverse events are picked up by a system of passive surveillance which according to the US FDA picks up only a tenth of the real number of adverse events.

Co-morbidity as cause of death

It has been suggested that some of the deaths in Kerala had happened in children with an underlying heart disease. Many children who died in Sri Lanka after receiving the same vaccine also had a similar heart condition. Had they not been vaccinated, the death rate from the vaccine would have been less. 

However this is no practical proposition. Vaccinations are given in distant rural areas by health workers who are barely literate. The detection of heart murmurs by auscultation is a skill that many pediatricians have to hone over many years of training. In the absence of such training for all vaccinators, can we justify continuation of the vaccination programme? 

In Sri Lanka vaccination was stopped after five deaths. Under pressure from international organizations the programme was restarted. After that, there have been 12 more deaths. Dr. Yogesh Jain, who has filed a PIL in the Supreme Court, has sought the court’s oversight to prevent such pressures from influencing decision-making in India. 

The deaths from vaccine must be seen in the context of hard data from the best study on Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b bacteria) in the country called the Minz study which suggested that some 175 children die from Hib meningitis in the birth cohort over five years and perhaps an equal number from Hib pneumonia. These figures from this large, meticulous community based study done in a population of 600,000 with house visits every two weeks and conducted over two years are clearly inconvenient. This is a case of the cure (vaccine deaths) being worse than the disease. The government seldom quotes the Minz study data, but relies instead on estimates that are not based on empirical evidence.

Source: The Health Site, 19th October 2013 - http://health.india.com/diseases-conditions/the-unfortunate-story-of-37-deaths-from-a-good-vaccine/

Vaccine-related deaths reach 11 in Vietnam

An infant in southern Vietnam's Lam Dong province has died after receiving Quinvaxem vaccine, bringing the total of such cases to 11 in the country since the begining of 2013, local press reported Friday.

A three-month-old boy died Wednesday, nearly 17 hours after being injected Quinvaxem vaccine. Local authorities are on their way to look into the cause of death, Tuoi Tre (Youth) online newspaper reported.

Former Deputy Minister of Health Trinh Quan Huan said that Quinvaxem is among the vaccines that caused the highest reaction rate, reports said.

Huan proposed that the government set aside more budget or to find more donors to replace Quinvaxem with a safer vaccine.

NIHE quoted Nguyen Nhat Cam, director of Vietnam's capital Hanoi Center for Preventive Medicine, as saying Friday that Quinvaxem is a South Korean-imported vaccine that protects children out of five deadly infectious diseases including diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, hepatitis B and Hib.

Since it was included in Vietnamese National expanded Program on Immunization in June, 2010, the death toll resulting from Quinvaxem among kids has risen to 33 as of early 2014.

In late December 2013, World Health Organization and United Nations Children's Fund issued a joint announcement in Hanoi, saying there is no connection between the Quinvaxem vaccine and possible deaths among children after vaccinated.

However, recent deaths relating the vaccine triggered worries among Vietnamese parents about the links between the deaths or undesirable responses in some children and the "five in one" Quinvaxem vaccine.

Some refused to give vaccination for their children. Huynh Thai Phong, a reader, commented on VNExpress online newspaper on Friday that he wondered why Quinvaxem is still allowed to use after causing many deaths for kids.

An anonymous reader agreed with Phong, saying that he won't bring his kids to the national expanded program on immunization and will use paid vaccine instead.

A reader named "Mai Nguyen" commented in a rage as she advised the government to stop the vaccine immediately, adding that vaccination is for prevention, not for death.

Nonetheless, officials seem to hold a different viewpoint over the quality of Quinvaxem vaccine amid worries of local people.

In December 2013, Nguyen Tran Hien, director of NIHE cum chief of the National Expanded Program on Immunization, said in a press conference that there is no vaccine with 100 percent safety and the quality of Vietnamese vaccine is good.

Hien also admitted that the proportion of Vietnamese vaccinated children declined recently due to the decrease in the confidence of Vietnamese parents.

Source: English News, 17th January 2014 - http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/health/2014-01/17/c_133053223.htm

Deaths resume with return of Quinvaxem vaccine to Vietnam

In two months since a ban slapped on the Dutch-made vaccine was lifted, at least two more children have died after getting shots, but health officials say the vaccine was not to blame.

They have defended Quinvaxem despite an Indian doctor's accusation that the World Health Organization (WHO) was irresponsible for advising Vietnam to use it.

Tran My Ngoc, a five-month-old girl from the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu, became the latest victim on November 24, dying a few hours after being administered Quinvaxem.

She received the shot at a commune medical station with 17 other babies, and went into seizures on the way home, the family said.

Her eyes stopped moving, her mouth foamed, her body turned black and blue, and breathing became difficult.

She was rushed to the district general hospital, where she was given medicine and put on intravenous fluids, but sadly died.

The Ministry of Health, which sent experts to the province, said in a statement November 26 that the child had died of respiratory and cardiologic decline, "possibly due to anaphylactic shock after the vaccination. It is also unclear if the baby had other conditions that caused the death."

The ministry denied that the vaccine was responsible, saying the same batch had been used for nearly 400,000 shots nationwide since October.

Earlier Bui Quoc Nam, director of the Bac Lieu Department of Health, had said doctors had diagnosed the cause of death as vaccination shock.

The department has sealed the batch of vaccines and taken samples for testing, and has suspended the use of Quinvaxem in the province. It paid the family compensation of VND40 million (US$1,900). 

Deaths follow vaccine's reintroduction

Some parents prefer to pay VND500,000 ($24) per shot for their children to get shots of Pentaxim, an acellular five-in-one shot made by French drug company Sanofi Pasteur with purified antigens that are supposed to be safer than the whole-cell preparations found in the whooping cough component of Quinvaxem.

Quinvaxem, a liquid injection vaccine which has been pre-qualified by the WHO, is distributed in Vietnam by the Berna Biotech Korea Corporation and given to babies from two months old, three times over two months, to immunize them against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B, and Hib (Haemophilus influenza Type B).

It costs VND77,000 a dose and has been pushed in low-income countries since it was introduced globally in 2006 by the Netherlands-based biopharmaceutical company Crucell.

Quinvaxem was temporarily banned in May after nine infants died since November last year, but the ban was lifted in October on the recommendation of the WHO, which said tests found no problem with the vaccine.

After it was reintroduced, a three-month-old boy in the north-central province of Quang Tri died November 10, five days after he got his first Quinvaxem shot.

The family said he started crying uncontrollably sixteen hours after the vaccination and refused to be breastfed. He turned black and blue and was taken to Quang Tri General Hospital.

After his death, an autopsy found pneumonia to be the cause, and the Ministry of Health issued a statement denying allegations that Quinvaxem was to blame.

In Hanoi, at least 37 babies have been admitted to hospital since October after being given Quinvaxem. They had high fevers, seizures, and rashes on their body. Hundreds of other similar cases have been reported nationwide, according to local media.

Thankfully, none of those cases have ended in death.

Of 47,000 kids who got the vaccine in Hanoi, 113 developed complications. But Nguyen Tran Hien, director of the National Extended Vaccination Program, said the rate of complications was acceptable based on WHO standards.

Source: http://www.thanhniennews.com/health/deaths-resume-with-return-of-quinvaxem-vaccine-to-vietnam-428.html

Vaccine Father Slams Official Report on Babies' Deaths

The father of one of 17 infants who died after receiving hepatitis B vaccine on Friday dismissed as "total rubbish" claims by Chinese officials that the deaths were unrelated to the inoculation.

Nine of the babies' deaths had nothing to do with the vaccines, the official news agency Xinhua quoted disease control and prevention official Yu Jingjin as saying on Friday.

Autopsies had yet to be carried out on the remaining eight infants, but a "preliminary analysis" also showed no link between the deaths and the vaccines, Yu said.

Shanxi-based Yang Wenlong, whose own child was among those who died, said the official account of the babies' deaths was groundless.

"They are talking absolute rubbish, and no one in China will believe it unless they are idiots," Yang said.

"I for one don't believe their results."

He said Yu's account had been roundly criticized by Chinese netizens, who are deeply suspicious of the government following a series of product safety and public health scandals in recent years.

"If you look at [chat site] QQ and online, you will see how many people are cursing him," Yang said. "I think they are afraid of affecting people's uptake of the vaccine."

"But I think that what they've done here will have the opposite effect to the one they intended."

Child deaths

The deaths were reported following inoculation with a hepatitis B vaccine, made by Shenzhen-based BioKangtai, between Dec. 13 and Dec. 31.

BioKangtai said in a statement last month that it has "rigorously" followed safety rules but that company is also testing the batches concerned.

On popular social media sites, many commentators agreed with Yang, however.

"Seventeen lives have been lost, and you still talk about your vaccine being viable?" wrote user @sz1961sy. "We call on relevant experts to carry out some research in the hospitals with a view to protecting young lives."

Parent activist Zhao Lianhai, whose child was made ill by melamine in the 2008 tainted milk formula scandal, said there had been well-documented cases of tainted vaccines before in China.

"This has been going on for years now," Zhao said. "We have met with the parents of children affected by tainted vaccines, but they have never won any sort of redress."

He called for an investigation into the source of the problem. "There should be an investigation in all areas [of vaccine production, storage and administration]," he said. "This cannot be tolerated."

"Is it with the vaccines themselves, or with the hospital?" he said.

"Some companies in China have common interests with certain government departments," Zhao said. "This is pretty much an open secret nowadays."

"If problems occur, they use their relationships [with government] or money to get around it."

Poor regulation

China's pharmaceutical industry is highly lucrative but poorly regulated, resulting in a string of fatalities blamed on counterfeit or shoddy medications in recent years.

An investigative report in the China Economic Observer newspaper in 2010 said that improperly stored vaccines administered by Shanxi health officials for encephalitis, hepatitis B, and rabies between 2006 and 2008 had killed four children and sickened more than 70 others, with tainted vaccines being used as late as March 2009.

Top investigative reporter Wang Keqin, who exposed the vaccine scandal among others, was forced out of his job at the newspaper in February 2013.

Parents who complain about mishaps linked to health and safety issues say they are frequently themselves targeted for official harassment and punishment.

In 2011, authorities in Beijing sentenced parent activist Yang Yukui to five months' "re-education through labor" on charges of "provoking disputes and causing trouble" after he complained that his son had been in and out of the hospital since being given a bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) tuberculosis vaccination shortly after birth.

Source: Radio Free Asia, 3rd January 2014 - http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/vaccine-01032014164833.html

Baby Haylee Marie Dies 5 Hours After Hep B Shot

Haylee Marie passed away aged 10 months old, five hours after a shot for Hepatitis B. The government pathologist ruled it as SIDS (which is not a diagnosis, it just means 'the baby died suddenly and we don't know why') but the family didn't believe that their healthy baby could just suddenly drop dead a few hours after vaccinations and it just be a 'coincidence' so they had an independent pathologist examine her, who ruled she died as a result of an allergic reaction to the vaccine.

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Court orders Rs 3 lakh for parents of child who died after vaccination

Meant to immunize an infant from fatal diseases, vaccines took away the life of a 42-day-old boy. Eleven years after the tragedy, the state consumer commission held an hospital and the doctor guilty of negligence, and awarded a compensation of 3 lakh to the child's parents.

K Dhanasekaran of Manali had admitted his wife in Dr Durga Nursing Home, Avadi, where she delivered a boy on January 26, 2003. The next day, she underwent a sterilisation operation and was discharged on January 30. As part of post-natal care, she took the infant to the hospital for vaccination. However, after the boy was administered Diptheria-Pertussis-Tetanus (DPT) and Oral Polio Vaccination (OPV), he died.

The same year, Dhanasekaran moved District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum claiming the hospital had used expired medicines. The hospital doctor denied the claim and said the vaccine had been given after "observing necessary formalities." The boy died "unexpectedly due to sudden development," it said.

In 2011, the forum said the hospital was not equipped with a storage system to preserve the medicines and did not have the necessary gadgets. It also did not have an ambulance. In its verdict, the forum fined the hospital 1 lakh.

Against the order, both Dhanasekaran and the hospital approached the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission. While the hospital sought to quash the order, Dhanasekaran asked for enhancing the compensation.

The court said the hospital should have "arrangements to get immediate and emergency services from other capable and speciality institutions" in case of an emergency. It also said Dr A Vijaya Varma, who was managing the affairs of the hospital, too was liable for paying compensation.

Source: Times of India, 5th April 2014 - http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/Court-orders-Rs-3-lakh-for-parents-of-child-who-died-after-vaccination/articleshow/33255146.cms

Leaked Confidential Report on Infantrix Hexa Vaccine Deaths

B0683335A (Netherlands):

Meningitis viral, Convulsion, Yellow skin, Cyanosis, Dehydration, Diarrhoea, Somnolence, Crying, Vomiting. This case was reported by a regulatory authority (NL-College ter Beoordeling van

Geneesmiddelen # NL-LRB-111158) and described the occurrence of meningitis in a 2- month-old male subject who was vaccinated with combined diphtheria, tetanus-acellular pertussis, hepatitis B, inactivated poliomyelitis and Haemophilus influenza type b vaccine (Infanrix hexa, GlaxoSmithKline), pneumococcal vaccines (non-gsk) (Prevenar) for prophylaxis. The subject had no medical history and no concomitant medication.

On 13 September 2010, the subject received 1st dose of Infanrix hexa (unknown route, unknown injection site), 1st dose of Prevenar (unknown route, unknown injection site). 3 minutes after vaccination, the subject experienced crying and sleepiness on the same day.

On 18 September 2010, 5 days after vaccination, the subject was found in bed with eyes half-opened and a blue mouth. His skin was yellow/pale. He vomited pink, foaming milk. No fever was observed (37 degrees C). The boy

was hospitalized, diarrhea aggravated and dehydration was diagnosed. Blood test and spinal tap were performed.The boy had several afebrile convulsions and a MRI showed severe damage of the brain.

No further treatment was given.

On 25 September 2010, 12 days after vaccination, the subject died from viral meningitis.

The regulatory authority considered the events were unlikely

to be related with vaccination with Infanrix hexa and Prevenar.

Additional information has been requested but could not be obtained from regulatory authority (new regulatory number: NL-LRB-116469).It was unknown whether an autopsy was performed.

Company comment:

Case of death due to viral meningitis in a 2-month-old male subject 12 days after 1st combined vaccination with Infanrix hexa and Prevenar.

There was severe brain damage on MRI.

It is unknown whether an autopsy was performed.

B0700040A (Sweden):

Meningitis, Sepsis, Shock, Pneumococcal infection, Renal impairment, Hepatic function abnormal, Pyrexia, Diarrhea, Vomiting

This case was reported by a consumer and described the occurrence of meningitis in a 9-month-old female subject who was vaccinated with synflorix (GlaxoSmithKline) and combined diphtheria,tetanus-acellular pertussis, hepatitis B, inactivated poliomyelitis and Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine. (Infanrix hexa,GlaxoSmithKline) for prophylaxis. A physician or other health care professional has not verified this report.

Previous and/or concurrent vaccination included

Bacillus Calmette -Guerin vaccine (non-gsk) given on 28 October 2010; diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis vaccine; GlaxoSmithKline given on 20 May 2010; hepatitis B vaccine recombinant; manufacturer unspecified given on 20 May 2010; synflorix; GlaxoSmithKline; given on 20 May 2010.

Concurrent medications included Paracetamol for her growing teeth.

On 17 August 2010, the subject received 2nd dose of Synflorix (administration site and route unknown, batch number not

provided). On 26 November 2010, 101 days after vaccination with Synflorix, the subject experienced fever, vomiting and diarrhea. This continued the whole day between 11 am to 6 pm. She suddenly got better and she was not vomiting and her fever went down.

She got fluid replacement and was able to urinate. On 27 November 2010, at 7 am, the subject was not breathing any longer.
At the hospital,they tried to save her during 40 minutes.

The subject died on 27 November 2010 from meningitis and sepsis. An autopsy was performed and showed abnormal renal function, hepatic function abnormal and possible pneumococcal infection. The body was in shock.

Company comment


Death of a 9 month-old female subject due to meningitis and sepsis 191 days after combined vaccination with Infanrix Hexa and Synflorix.

B0706503A (Thailand): Shock, Respiratory arrest, Cardiac arrest, Pyrexia, Somnolence, Hypotonia, Vomiting, Crying, Apnoea - Baby's Brother Killed by Vaccines Too

This case was reported by a physician and described the occurrence of fatal shock in a 2-month-old female subject who was vaccinated with combined diphtheria,tetanus-acellular pertussis, hepatitis B, inactivated poliomyelitis and Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine (Infanrix hexa, GlaxoSmithKline)for prophylaxis. The subject was born by C-section. Apgar score was 10 at 0 and 5 min. Birth weight was 3.2 kg and experienced a normal growth and development. Medical condition included a possible genetic abnormality due to a family history of death after

vaccination (subject’s brother died 2 years ago after vaccination with DTwP). On 9 March 2011, the subject received unspecified dose of Infanrix hexa (.5 ml, unknown route of adminstration). The subject was normal before vaccination. On 10 March 2011, 24 hours after vaccination with Infanrix hexa, the subject experienced shock. She experienced low-grade fever, drowsiness and stopped breathing. The subject was floppy and had no heart rate. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation was performed during 3

hours but the subject did not respond to it. The physician considered the events were probably related to vaccination with Infanrix hexa. The subject died on 10 March 2011 from cardiorespiratory arrest. An autopsy was not performed. Follow-up received on 21 March 2011: The subject’s brother was 2 month-old when he died (11 years ago), after received DTwP which was EPI vaccine (no record available). After vaccination (no specific time available), the subject experienced vomiting (single ep

isode) and had colicky crying at home. On 10 March 2011, the subject was taken to the clinic due to fever and crying. After massive crying, the subject experienced apnea and no heart beat was detected after stimulation. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation was performed for 10 minutes and subject responded by crying. One hour later, the subject experienced apnea again and resuscitation was continued for 3 hours without any response.

Neither lab results nor autopsy results were available.

Company comment

: This case described a SUDI (Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy)in a 2 month-old female subject 24 hours after vaccination with Infanrix

hexa. Autopsy or lab results were not provided. There is a notion of post-vaccine death in a sibling.

B0712016A (Italy): Hypotonia, Hyperhidrosis, Pyrexia - Contraindicated Baby Brain Damaged with Cerebral Palsy Given Further Shots that Kill Him

This case was reported by a regulatory authority (IT-Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco #137473) and described the occurrence of hypotonia nos in a 11-month-old male subject who was vaccinated with combined diphtheria, tetanus-acellular pertussis, hepatitis B, inactivated poliomyelitis and Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine.

(Infanrix hexa, GlaxoSmithKline) and pneumococcal vaccines (non-gsk)(Prevenar13) for prophylaxis. The subject was born after 41 weeks + 3 days,normal pregnancy and spontaneous delivery. Concurrent medical conditions included severe respiratory distress at birth. He was reanimated and resigned from the prenatal intensive care on 20 May 2010. He was not able to feed spontaneously(dysphagia)so a nasogastric tube was inserted with pump infusion. According to the doctor, the subject had contraindication to the vaccine. He was hospitalised from 22 May 2010 to 25 May 2010 due to respiratory distress. From 14 to 21 July 2010 due to seizures. On 18 August 2010, diagnostic results showed cerebral palsy, gastroesophageal reflux, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy of grade 3, microcephaly, psychomotor retardation and spastic quadriplegia (mainly the upper limbs). Concurrent medications included Paracetamol (Tachipirina), Vitamin, Vigabatrin, Topiramate, Antibiotics (Antibiotic), Bronchodilator and Steroid. On 25 March 2011, the subject received 3rd dose of Infanrix hexa (intramuscular, right thigh) and 3rd dose of Prevenar 13 (intramuscular, left thigh). On 26 March 2011, 1 day after vaccination with Infanrix hexa and Prevenar 13, the subject experienced fever (38 to 38.5 deg.C).

On 27 March 2011, 2 days after vaccination with Infanrix hexa and Prevenar 13, the subject experienced hypotonia nos and crisis of sweating. The regulatory authority reported that the events were possibly related to vaccination with Infanrix hexa and Prevenar 13. The subject died on 28 March 2011, cause of death was not reported. It was unknown whether an autopsy was performed. Follow-up information receivedon 15 July 2011: As no additional information could be obtained, the case has been closed.

Company comment

: This case described death of an 11-month old male subject 48 hours after third combined vaccination with Infanrix hexa and Prevenar.  The subject died in the context of severe hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (cerebral palsy leading to quadriplegia and microcephaly).

B0727175A (France): Death

This case was reported by the French regulatory authority (FR-Agence Françaiss de Sécurité Sanitaire des Produits de Santé # NT20110388) and described the occurrence of unexplained death in a 18-month-old femalesubject who was vaccinated with combined diphtheria, tetanus acellular pertussis, hepatitis B, inactivated poliomyelitis and Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine (Infanrix hexa,GlaxoSmithKline) for prophylaxis. The subject had no known and relevant medical history.

 On 26 October 2010, the subject received an unspecified dose of Infanrix hexa (batch A21CA724A, intramuscular, injection site unknown). On 27 October 2010, 1 day after vaccination with Infanrix hexa, the subject was found dead after her nap. Autopsy did not identify any cause of death.Respiratory aspiration was assessed as not very probable. No other information was available. According to the French method of assessment, the AFSSaPS considered the causal relationship between vaccination with I

nfanrix hexa and unexplained death as dubious. Autopsy (2010): no identified cause of death.

Company comment

: This case described a SIDS in an 18 month-old female subject 1 day after vaccination with Infanrix hexa.

No cause was found after autopsy.

B0735723A (Australia): Death

This case was reported by a consumer and described the occurrence of death unspecified in a 6- week-old male subject who was vaccinated with combined diphtheria, tetanus-acellular pertussis, hepatitis B, inactivated poliomyelitis and Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine. (Infanrix hexa,GlaxoSmithKline), live attenuated human rotavirus vaccine (Rotarix) and pneumococcal vaccines (non-gsk) (Prevenar 13) for prophylaxis. A physician or other health care professional has not verified this report. On 20 July 2011, the subject received unspecified dose of Infanrix hexa (administration site and route unknown), an unspecified dose of Rotarix (route unknown) and an unspecified dose of Prevenar 13 (unknown). On 21

July 2011, 14 hours after vaccination with Infanrix hexa, Prevenar 13 and Rotarix, the subject died for unknown reasons. The subject died on 21July 2011, cause of death was not reported. An autopsy was performed. Autopsy

results are not ye tavailable. Further information has been expected.

Company comment

:This case reported a SUDI in a 6-week old male subject 14 hours after combined vaccination with Infanrix hexa, Prevenar and Rotarix.

An autopsy was performed but results are not available.

D0071496A (Germany): Death

This case was reported by a health professional via a regulatory authority (DE-Paul-Ehrlich-Institut # DE-PEI-PEI2011016343) and described death ofa 3-month-old female subject who was vaccinated with combined diphtheria,tetanus-acellularpertussis, hepatitis B,inactivated poliomyelitis and Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine (Infanrix hexa, GlaxoSmithKline) and  pneumococcal vaccines (non-gsk,Prevenar 13) for prophylaxis.

Previous vaccinations with Infanrix hexa and Prevenar13 (on 14 April 2011) have been well tolerated. On 16 May 2011 the subject received the second dose of Infanrix hexa (intramuscular, unknown thigh) together with the second dose of Prevenar 13 (intramuscular, unknown thigh).

At this time the subject had suffered from a mild intestinal infection.

In the morning of the following day, on 17 May 2011,the subject was found dead .An autopsy was performed and a preliminary autopsy report was provided. According to the autopsy protocol very early in the morning of 17 May 2011 the subject had been found "cold and lifeless" by her parents. On

05:02 an emergency physician had been called. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation by the parents and later by the emergency personal failed and death was testified.

Policemen were involved at 06:20. Interrogation of the subject’s parents revealed that the subject and her four siblings had always been healthy.

Follow-up information was received from the institut of legal medicine Halle (Saale) on 04August 2011: The final autopsy report was provided.

The causes and mode of death could not be clarified. The infant had been suffering from an acute unilateral otitis media at the time of death

(smear from the left middle ear: proof of Haemophilus influenzae; smear from the right middle ear: no proof of  microorganisms). Within the

scope of additional examinations no alcohol (alcohol concentration 0.00 %) or other pharmacologic could be detected. There was neither evidence of an

allergic reaction.(total IgE 5.65 kU/l, reference <20kU/l) nor of a gastrointestinal infection. Nor was there any evidence of a postvaccinal disorder."According to the autopsy report, the onset date of the subject’s otitis media was "very recent", but it could not be clarified whether it had been prior to or following the vaccination. Although no evidence of a

relation of the event to the vaccination was found during the autopsy the close temporal relation might be seen as an indication that the subject’s death was possibly related to the vaccination with Infanrix hexa and Prevenar 13.
Company comment: This case described a SUDI in a 13 month-old female subject 1day after 2nd combined vaccination with Infanrix hexa and Prevenar .A recent acute haemophilus influenzae otitis media was diagnosed on autopsy.

D0072663A (Germany): Death -Poor 9 week old recieved so many vaccines, fluoride and radiation

This case was reported by a German regulatory authority (DE-PaulEhrlich Institut #DE-PEI-PEI2011029271) and described the occurrence of unexplained death in a 9-week-old male subject who was
vaccinated with combined diphtheria, tetanus-acellular pertussis, hepatitis B,inactivated poliomyelitis and Haemophilus influenza type b vaccine (Infanrix hexa, GlaxoSmithKline) for prophylaxis.Co-suspect

vaccinations included 13 valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (non-GSK)

(Prevenar 13, Pfizer Pharma).

Pregnancy and birth had been normal. The subject’s medical history

included neonatal jaundice.The subject was developing normal. Family history included no allergies.

Concurrent medical conditions included suspicion of congenital hip dysplasia. Hip ultrasonography, performed on 09 August 2011, showed type IIa left and type I right. Follow-up hip ultrasonography,performed on 05 September 2011, showed type Iboth sides. At the time of vaccination, on 05 September 2011,the subject was well.The subject showed small white plaques in oral mucus (oropharyngeal plaques) left but most likely no oral candidiasis.

Previous vaccination with Rotavirus vaccine (non-GSK) (RotaTeq; Sanofi Pasteur MSD),given orally at 2 ml on 09 August 2011, was well tolerated.

Concurrent medications included colecalciferol + sodium fluoride (D-Fluoretten) and paracetamol (Ben-u-ron).

On 05 September 2011 the subject received the first dose

of Infanrix hexa (0.5 ml,intramuscular, unknown thigh lateral) and the first dose of Prevenar 13 (.5 ml,intramuscular, unknown thigh lateral). Approximately two days post vaccination with Infanrix hexa and Prevenar 13, on 07 September 2011, the subject died. The cause of death was unknown (death unexplained).

The event had also been reported as life threatening. An autopsy was performed on 07 September 2011 at an institute for forensic pathology

 At the time of reporting, on 08 September 2011, examinations had not been finished and no autopsy results have been reported.

The German regulatory authority (DE-Paul-Ehrlich-Institut) has requested further information .Quality test result was received on 11 October 2011. A complete review of the batch records has been performed by Qualit yAssurance and Production. No deviation that could impact the quality of the product has been highlighted during th eGlaxoSmithKline Biologicals investigation.

Company Comment:

Since 12 September 2011 ,five cases linked to batch A21CB094A were reported to GSK (D0072663A, D0072852A, D0072638A, D0072908A, D0072920A). All five were serious reports and two had a fatal outcome).

D0072852A (Germany): Circulatory collapse, Sepsis, Shock, Crying, Pallor

This case was reported by a regulatory authority (DE-Paul-Ehrlich-Institut # DE-PEI-PEI2011030856) and described the occurrence of circulatory failure in a 5-month-old male subject who was vaccinated with combined diphtheria, tetanus-acellular pertussis, hepatitis B, inactivated poliomyelitis and Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine (Infanrix hexa, GlaxoSmithKline) for prophylaxis.Co-suspect vaccination included 13-valent pneumococcal vaccine (non-GSK) (Prevenar 13, Pfizer). First vaccination with both vaccines on 23 August 2011 was well tolerated. Information about anamnesis was provided by a hospital report from intensive care treatment after birth The mother had been pregnant for the first time. The mother had former surgerybecause of false lung vein opening and received permanent treatment with bisoprolol.The subject was delivered prematurely in 31+4 weeks of gestation, by section from breech presentation after pathologic CTG. There was no premature rupture of the amnion andamniotic fluid was clear. The subject had an APGAR of 6/10/10, a weight of 1490 g, lengthof 39 cm, head circumference of 32.6 cm, navel artery pH was 7.16.After birth the subject had neonatal respiratory distress syndrome grade I with continuous positive airway pressure for 24 hours.The subject developed possible meconium ileus due to microcolon, transient intestinal transportation disorder, cholestatic hepatosis after parenteral nutrition, with increased transaminases (alanine aminotransferase 131 U/l, aspartate aminotransferase 100 U/l,creatine kinase 342 U/l, total bilirubin 3 mg/dl, direct bilirubin 2.75 mg/dl). Additional diagnoses after birth included neonatal anemia and iron deficiency, asymmetry from lying, small hemangioma right gluteal and dystrophic growth and weight increase. On the sixth day of life, the subject’s condition worsened and he was transferred to an intensive care unit for neonates. Intravenous antibiotics were given for seven days.

The subject had abdominal distension since birth and not yet passed meconium. Acute abdomen was suspected on the seventh day of life. The subject was transferred to a pediatric chirurgic unit for further intervention, but after conservative treatment the symptoms resolved.

Test results were normal for ions, blood gases, immune reactive trypsin (tested on 06 Mayand 06 June 2011), sonogram of head, abdomen and hip (Graf classification Ib) and hearing screening.

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and toxoplasmosis IgM and IgG antibodies were negative. Initially increased Tyroid stimulating hormone normalised on control. Bile acid was increased (74.6 mcmol/l), pancreatic kinase was decreased (68 mcg/g). Eye examination showed vascularisation limit zone III at both sides.

The subject was discharged after 39 days in good condition and received rachitis prophylaxis and iron substitution.

On 20 September 2011 the subject received 2nd dose of Infanrix hexa (unknown route and application site), 2nd dose of Prevenar (unknown route and application site). On 20 September 2011 in the evening, less than one day after vaccination with Infanrix hexa and Prevenar, the subject had been crying and turned grey while lying in bed. The vaccinating physician was consulted and admitted the nfant to hospital, where thesubject died on 21 September 2011, from circulatory depression or possible sepsis. Different lot numbers were reported on follow-up. Approximately 20 hours after vaccination with Infanrix hexa and Prevenar 13, the subject experienced shock with circulatory failure. An emergency physician was called and the subject was hospitalized on emergency to an intensive care unit. Approximately 10 hours after onset of symptoms the subject died despite intensive care. According to follow-up information received on 07 October 2011 via the

German regulatory authority (PEI), the lot number A21CB094A was documented in vaccination certificate, while there was no documentation for the mentioned lot numbers A21CB105A and A21CB115A.

Quality test result was received on 11 October 2011. A complete review of the batch records has been performed by Quality Assurance and Production. No deviation that could

impact the quality of the product has been highlighted during the GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals investigation. An autopsy was performed. A duplicate case was reported bya physician, via a sales representative and no further details about the reported event were provided.

Since 12 September 2011, five cases linked to batch A21CB 094A were reported to GSK (D0072663A, D0072852A, D0072638A, D0072908A, D0072920A). All five were serious reports and two had a fatal outcome.

Baby Dies Less Than 48 Hours after First Shots

As a 56-year-old grandmother I must offer my thought's on your April 29 opinion reagrding vaccines ("Anti-vaccines movement puts children at risk").

First off I carry the lifetime scar of one of the first polio vaccines of the '60s. I also vaccinated all my children.

Nowadays they mix too many vaccines in a deadly cocktail in their hurry to get things done.

I held my two-month-old granddaughter while the nurse injected her with with a mixture of four vaccines. In less then 48 hours our precious baby was dead. They said SIDS was to blame, but I have my doubts. I even questioned the "mixing" of so many shots and was assured it was okay.

I am all for vaccines, but I say get back to the way they were administered when everything was not rushed and carelessly done.

I'd also like to ask you how an un-vaccinated child is responsible for an outbreak? I can see they would contract a disease but really fail to see that they are the responsibility for a disease.

Yes vaccines are a good thing and they have helped eliminate many diseases, but they can also be administered in the wrong way and can also be deadly.

Source: Trib.com, 3rd May 2014 - http://trib.com/opinion/letters/vasquez-vaccines-are-good-but-can-be-deadly-too/article_ef4ea830-2d8d-5eb9-abaa-47b7ae904560.html

Court orders Rs 3 lakh for parents of child who died after vaccination

Meant to immunize an infant from fatal diseases, vaccines took away the life of a 42-day-old boy. Eleven years after the tragedy, the state consumer commission held an hospital and the doctor guilty of negligence, and awarded a compensation of 3 lakh to the child's parents.

K Dhanasekaran of Manali had admitted his wife in Dr Durga Nursing Home, Avadi, where she delivered a boy on January 26, 2003. The next day, she underwent a sterilisation operation and was discharged on January 30. As part of post-natal care, she took the infant to the hospital for vaccination. However, after the boy was administered Diptheria-Pertussis-Tetanus (DPT) and Oral Polio Vaccination (OPV), he died.

The same year, Dhanasekaran moved District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum claiming the hospital had used expired medicines. The hospital doctor denied the claim and said the vaccine had been given after "observing necessary formalities." The boy died "unexpectedly due to sudden development," it said.

In 2011, the forum said the hospital was not equipped with a storage system to preserve the medicines and did not have the necessary gadgets. It also did not have an ambulance. In its verdict, the forum fined the hospital 1 lakh.

Against the order, both Dhanasekaran and the hospital approached the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission. While the hospital sought to quash the order, Dhanasekaran asked for enhancing the compensation.

The court said the hospital should have "arrangements to get immediate and emergency services from other capable and speciality institutions" in case of an emergency. It also said Dr A Vijaya Varma, who was managing the affairs of the hospital, too was liable for paying compensation.

Source: Times of India, 5th April 2014 - http://m.timesofindia.com/city/chennai/Court-orders-Rs-3-lakh-for-parents-of-child-who-died-after-vaccination/articleshow/33255146.cms

Fatal shots: TMC second in state for infant ‘deaths after vaccination’

The city witnessed two infant deaths in 2013 a few days after they took vaccination shots at state-run medical establishments. Both the infants were below one year. The BMC recorded three infant deaths last year, making them the highest in the state, followed by Thane.

In 2014, the TMC's health department reported only one infant death so far. Investigations carried out by the district-wise Adverse Effects Following Immunisation (AEFI) committee, who look into the quality of vaccines, contamination and complications due to pre-existing conditions of a child, into the infant deaths have revealed that there was no problem with the vaccines that were administered to the kids. Neither were the doctors at fault while delivering the shots.

In Maharashtra, as many as 22 infants were reported dead in 2013 after being administered vaccine, while in 2012, 21 cases were reported. These figures do not include the deaths reported at private hospitals.

Pediatricians claimed that all the vaccines are safe. The only side effects that kids get are mild fever or redness in the area where the vaccine was administered.

''Death due to vaccine is a very rare case. We had a case wherein an infant died 15 days after the vaccination. There must have been many other factors like area where the child lives, no proper nutrition, etc,'' said Dr R T Kendre, head of the TMC's health department

Last year, the deaths were mainly after receiving the DPT, OPV and Hepatitis B vaccine and BCG and OPV vaccine. State immunization officer R M Kumbhar said that if a child gets side effects due to the vaccine then it can be treated.

''We organize workshops and training programmes for health workers who administer these vaccines. This is done to avoid any scope for error,'' said Kumbhar.

Source: Times of India, 12th May 2014 - http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/thane/Fatal-shots-TMC-second-in-state-for-infant-deaths-after-vaccination/articleshow/35031434.cms

7 Children Died After Measles Vaccination in Pakistan - See more at: http://www.newspakistan.pk/2014/06/02/7-children-died-measles-vaccination-pakistan/#sthash.F1dCJPX7.dpuf

Seven children died after a vaccination campaign in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Four children in Charsadda and three in Peshiwar lost their lives after they were immunized with measles vaccine.

See the full story here: http://www.newspakistan.pk/2014/06/02/7-children-died-measles-vaccination-pakistan/

Two children die in Charsadda from measles vaccine

 One month after being administered the measles vaccine, two children in Charsadda died on Sunday , Express News reported. 

Faizan and Sabeen, who were both four years old, were injected with the measles vaccine on May 3 after which their condition became critical and they had been taken to the district hospital in Charsadda.

The two children died today.

An investigation committee has been formed to look into the matter.

Who’s at fault?

The government launched a 12-day measles campaign on May 19 and since then several cases of negative reactions to the vaccine are surfacing. Around 110 adverse reactions have been recorded by the health department so far.

According to investigations, 40% of the anti-measles vaccine staff is untrained and lack sufficient knowledge about the technicalities of administering measles vaccine.

But a medical specialist in Tehsil Headquarters Hospital Shabqadar earlier told The Express Tribune on the condition of anonymity that the deaths were caused by the vaccine and not due to untrained staff.

He claimed the medicine lost its efficacy due to prolonged outages in the hospitals.

According to the specialist, the hospitals where the vaccines are being stored face almost 20 hours of outages. “The cold chain for all vaccines needs to be maintained; since the hospitals face outages the quality of medicine is affected,” he added.

Source: The Express Tribune, 1st June 2014 - http://tribune.com.pk/story/716156/two-children-die-in-charsadda-from-measles-vaccine/

No respite: Two more children die in reported reaction to measles vaccine

 Two children, both aged four, reportedly died in Charsadda on Sunday after receiving the measles vaccine.

Local sources said Sohail, who lived in Majoki Prang village, was vaccinated last Friday and was admitted to District Headquarters Hospital after he fainted. The second child, Faizan, who was living in Peshawar, also fainted after receiving the vaccination from health workers at his residence.

In-charge of the Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI) in Charsadda, Dr Farhad denied the deaths were caused due to the vaccinations, saying these were ‘rumours’. He said Sohail was admitted to the hospital with a fever and it is believed that he passed away as he was suffering from measles. He added that Faizan died due to a fever and not from the vaccination.

Last week, two children – Mazhar and Umar – died in Shabqadar after reportedly having an adverse reaction to the vaccine, while three children were reported dead in Peshawar, including two-year-old Hilal of Mandra Khel area, two-year-old Rida of the same village and one-year-old Abul Samand, a resident of Faqir Kalay.

On May 29, Minister for Health Shahram Khan Tarakai formed an investigation team comprising local and foreign health experts to probe the deaths. However, he expressed confidence in the vaccine’s quality and said the deceased children might have had health issues prior to the vaccination.

On the same day, a report issued by the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Directorate of Health stated the instances of children fainting as well as dying due to the injections were occurring because untrained staff was administering the vaccine.

Source: The Express Tribune, 2 June 2014 - http://tribune.com.pk/story/716203/no-respite-two-more-children-die-in-reported-reaction-to-measles-vaccine/

A continuing dilemma: Five children faint in Mardan following measles vaccination


Around five children fainted in Mardan on Saturday after being injected with the measles vaccine, creating panic in the area.

According to local reports, the government’s measles vaccination drive was under way in Ghala Dher on the outskirts of Mardan where hundreds of children were vaccinated. However, five children fainted in the village and reported a fever which created panic and caused parents to be reluctant in allowing health teams to vaccinate their children.

Expanded Programme on Immunisation Mardan In charge Dr Niaz said he was not aware of the incident but presumed the children might have fainted due to the fear of the injection. “Fever is a common occurrence following the injection of the measles vaccine,” claimed Dr Niaz.

Parents refuse vaccine

On Friday, the measles drive came to an end in Hangu, Swabi and Shangla districts when parents refused to get their children vaccinated from the health teams, following several incidents of children fainting after receiving the shots.

Over 80 children fainted in Thal, Hangu, 70 fainted in Swabi and 15 in Shangla after they were administered the measles injection.

Thal resident Amanullah said there were rumours that the vaccine is expired and being administered by untrained staff which is why the adverse reactions are occurring.

A report issued by the K-P Directorate of Health on Thursday stated that the deaths of four children this past Wednesday was caused by untrained staff administering the vaccine.

He added that people fear the administering of the vaccine could lead to the death of their children and are no longer immunising them. “The government turns its back to every issue and to this as well, why should we put the lives of our children in danger,” he questioned.

Gul Muhammad Khan, a resident of Karbogha, said he would not let untrained people give the vaccine to his children. “Our children are fainting, complaining of headache, nausea and fever while the government and health officials claim everything is alright,” he said. Khan further said the disease may not kill the children but the injections would.

Hangu DHO Dr Azam Wazir claimed the children are fainting due to psychological stress. “We have vaccinated 0.13 million children in Hangu but now people have begun resisting because the vials of the medicine were made in India,” he further said.

Till May 29, five children had died across the province reportedly after the injection of the measles vaccine. Health Minister Shahram Khan Tarakai has formed an investigation committee comprising local and foreign health experts to probe the deaths.

Source: The Express Tribune, 1st June 2014 - http://tribune.com.pk/story/715929/a-continuing-dilemma-five-children-faint-in-mardan-following-measles-vaccination/

Report on measles deaths to be made public: minister

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister for Health Shahram Khan Tarakai has directed thorough, transparent and fair investigation into the death of three children during the ongoing anti-measles campaign in the province.

This he said while chairing a meeting of the fact finding committee of technical experts formed to probe the measles vaccine issue here on Friday, according to a handout.

He also directed the officials to furnish a factual and accurate report in the shortest possible time so that the actual causes behind the death of children could be ascertained.

The minister also directed the committee to thoroughly look into different aspects, including the pre-campaign preparations of health department, the vaccine being used in the campaign, human and technical errors in administering the vaccine and the medical treatment provided to the children after reaction of the vaccine, and thus come up with a solid and comprehensive report based on actual findings.

Mr Tarakai said that it was of prime importance not only for him but also for his government to ascertain the root causes behind the loss of three innocent lives because, if the children had died due to the reaction of measles vaccine then those responsible for it would be taken to task.

Source: Dawn, 31st May 2014 - http://www.dawn.com/news/1109721/report-on-measles-deaths-to-be-made-public-minister

Priest dies after reaction to yellow fever vaccine taken for trip to Africa

A priest has been killed by a yellow fever vaccine that he took for travel to a foreign country. He had the vaccine 7th March 2014 and initially appeared well, but then attended his GP on 15th March stating that he had been feeling unwell for a week. He was prescribed antibiotics that didn't help.

His health rapidly deteriorated over the next 36 hours and he was transferred to hospital where he died from multiple organ failure on 18th March.

He had previously been in good health.

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Fr Gerard Cusack (71), prior of the Holy Trinity Abbey, Kilnacrott, died at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin on March 18 last year, 11 days after he had been given the vaccine in advance of a trip to central Africa.

Fr Cusack came to prominence when he became leader of the Norbertine order in the wake of revelations about paedophile priest Brendan Smyth, who is buried at the abbey in Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan.


In an interview with the Sunday Independent two years ago, he recalled how he did not suspect Smyth who was a "clever, intelligent man".

But he said the fallout for priests was extremely difficult and some were afraid to wear their collars while walking down the street.

"Priests would be spat upon. I suppose there is a suspicion out there," he said.

Dublin Coroner's Court heard that there have been only 60 documented cases of death due to the vaccine worldwide since its introduction in the 1930s.

Fr Cusack was due to travel to Tanzania to inspect works on a church roof, paid for through fundraising efforts.

His sister Marie Crossan said that he was generally in good health with no medical complaints.

He attended the Tropical Medical Bureau (TMB) clinic on Grafton Street on March 7 where he was initially seen by Dr William Yap and subsequently a member of the nursing staff.

He was prescribed medication for his upcoming trip and given a number of vaccinations including yellow fever. When he left 20 to 30 minutes later, Fr Cusack appeared to be in good health, he said. Fr Cusack subsequently presented himself at Cavan General Hospital on March 15, complaining of feeling ill for a week.

His GP had prescribed an antibiotic but this had no effect.

His condition deteriorated rapidly over the following 36 hours and he was transferred to Beaumont Hospital where he died from multi-organ failure on March 18.

- See more at: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/priest-dies-after-reaction-to-yellow-fever-vaccine-taken-for-trip-to-africa-30363243.html#sthash.VJLzc3TI.dpuf

Vaccine Campaign Kills More Than 157 Children - Doctors Demand Probe into Vaccine Deaths

Expressing dissatisfaction over inquiry report about children's deaths caused by measles vaccines in Peshawar, the doctors' community on Friday demanded a judicial inquiry into the incident and asked the government to immediately withdraw the suspension order of their colleagues.
Addressing a news conference here at the Peshawar Press Club on Friday, Dr Umar of the Pediatric Department along with Provincial Doctors Association Vice President Dr Amir Taj said the provincial government, health department and WHO were responsible for the deaths of children. Criticising the provincial government, he said, why did not the health department take serious steps after the outbreak of first measles case. He said the government was failed to declare emergency in major teaching hospitals of the provincial metropolis in this connection.
Flanked by Dr Rajput, Dr Amir Nasim, Dr Qayyam and Dr Rizwan, Umar said the measles vaccines, which used in special immunisation drive from May 9 to 31, was imported from India due to its nominal rates. While, he said the diluent's water using for mixing with measles vaccines also needed to import from abroad.
He alleged during the drive, the water mixed with measles vaccines was of substandard quality and of local trademark that also caused Rs1 billion financial losses to provincial kitty.
He informed the same measles vaccines also caused deaths of several children in India in March 2011 but the government did not take the issue into consideration.
The provincial government, Dr Umar said, should explain the procedure for cold chain, transportation, storage and duration of measles vaccines. He said during the special immunisation campaign measles vaccines were mostly injected into children's veins through untrained staffs appointed on political grounds.
On the occasion, Dr Amir Taj said that pediatrics were not taken into confidence before launch of measles campaign in the province. During the campaign, he informed more than 157 children have been died but the provincial government suspended only 17 senior and junior doctors on the basis of three deaths in the Khyber Teaching Hospital and Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar, which is unfair and an injustice with these doctors.

Source: The Nation, 21st June 2014 - http://www.nation.com.pk/national/21-Jun-2014/docs-demand-probe-into-vaccine-deaths

Sudden Infant Death Following Hexavalent Vaccination: A Neuropathologic Study

We examined a large number of sudden infant death syndrome victims in order to point out a possible causal relationship between a previous hexavalent vaccination and the sudden infant death. We selected 110 cases submitted to in-depth histological examination of the autonomic nervous system and provided with detailed clinical and environmental information. In 13 cases (11.8%) the death occurred in temporal association with administration of the hexavalent vaccine (from 1 to 7 days). In none of these victims congenital developmental alterations of the main nervous structures regulating the vital functions were observed. Only the hypoplasia of the arcuate nucleus was present in 5 cases. In one case in particular an acquired hyperacute encephalitis of the tractus solitarii nucleus was diagnosed in the brainstem. This study does not prove a causal relationship between the hexavalent vaccination and SIDS. However, we hypothesize that vaccine components could have a direct role in sparking off a lethal outcome in vulnerable babies. In conclusion, we sustain the need that deaths occurring in a short space of time after hexavalent vaccination are appropriately investigated and submitted to a post-mortem examination particularly of the autonomic nervous system by an expert pathologist to objectively evaluate the possible causative role of the vaccine in SIDS.

Source: Current Medicinal Chemistry, Volume 21, issue 7 - DOI
DOI: 10.2174/09298673113206660289

More on the Haylee Marie Case: Help Recognize that There are Adverse Reactions to Vaccines

Please support and help get the word around that there are severe adverse reactions to the Hepatitis B vaccine.

My daughter Haylee Marie Schmidt was an extremely happy and healthy nine and half month old baby when I last held her in my arms. Little did I imagine as she gazed intently into my eyes with all the innocence and wonder of a little baby that she would die that night. She was never ill before receiving that Hepatitis B shot that afternoon. After her last nap of the day she woke up and let out painful screams. Thinking she was hungry and was sore from the shot earlier that day I fed her and gave her some baby infant Tylenol. As I laid her down for bed that night I kissed her forehead and told her how much I loved her. She fell fast asleep but when I went to wake her up the next morning she has passed away in her sleep.

According to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System there were 36,788 officially reported adverse reactions to the Hepatitis B vaccine between 1992 and 2005.
Of these, 14,800 were serious enough to cause hospitilaztion, life threatening health events or permanent disabilities.
In addition, 781 babies were reported to have died following the Hepatitis B vaccine.
This is likely an underestimate because a huge fraction of babies that die following a vaccination are chalked up as SIDS.

In my case, this is exactly what happened. For some reason the pathologist didnt take the brain tissue samples to adequately find the cause of my daughter's death. He explained to me he was dead set before he even did the autopsy that it was SIDS and that he didn't have the adequate technology to look at her brain tissue samples. When her autopsy was done my daughter's brain was extremely swollen and she had stopped breathing before her heart had stopped. A swollen brain is not SIDS. Through conversations with other experienced pathologists, I subsequently discovered that brain inflammation is a classic adverse reaction to vaccination (with any vaccine) in the medical literature.

After my daughter died I hired a lawyer in cause something like this was to happen. Ironically, after i told my lawyer about what the pathologist said he was in awe because all it takes is a basic microscope to look at the brain tissue samples. My lawyer's independent pathologist is in the process of looking at her tissue block samples that were provided by the Benton County coroner's office. Until he examines her tissue samples she will be another SIDS statistic.
Knowing all these side effects would you take the risk and give your child this vaccination? If this vaccine was safe like doctor's say it is then there wouldn't be so many deaths and neurological disorders stemming from the vaccine. If i could have a second chance and go back, I never would have let them give my daughter that vaccination and my life would be completely different. But I am here today to be my daughter's voice and tell everyone what the effects of this shot can be.

Source: https://www.causes.com/causes/797878-please-read-help-recognize-that-there-are-adverse-reactions-to-vaccines/about

Baby Thomas


The information on the package inserts doesn't even begin to describe what is in a vaccination. I've learned the hard way. My son, Thomas was born September 28, 2012 and on November 29, 2012, I took him for his 1st set of vaccinations and a day and a half later, on December 1, 2012, he was gone.

I was stupid and will forever be heartbroken. This is a picture of my Thomas in the doctor's office the day he was injected, of course before they gave him the shots. Perfectly healthy and happy.

l feel guilt everyday because I was blind and took him for them without researching it 1st. I believed and trusted the doctors. I was wrong. They're wrong. It's all about the money.

Suzanne Fuhri

Source: https://www.facebook.com/372638272814622/photos/a.380819555329827.86776.372638272814622/537764666301981/?type=1

False Accusations of Child Abuse After Vaccine Induced Injuries Destroys Families


War isn't the only thing killing Syrian children: MMR kills 15

At least 15 children died after receiving vaccinations in rebel-held parts of northwestern Syria, while the death toll from two days of government airstrikes on a central city climbed to nearly 50, a heavy toll even by the vicious standards of the country's civil war, activists said.

The children, some just babies, all exhibited signs of "severe allergic shock" about an hour after they were given a second round of measles vaccinations in Idlib province on Tuesday, with many suffocating to death as their bodies swelled, said physician Abdullah Ajaj, who administered the vaccinations in a medical center in the town of Jarjanaz.

It was unclear what killed the children, but Ajaj said in an interview via Skype that they all exhibited the same symptoms to varying degrees. He said it was the first time he had ever seen such a reaction to vaccinations.

"There was shouting and screaming, it was hard for the parents. You get your child vaccinated and then you find your child dying, it's very hard," Ajaj said. There weren't enough respirators in the clinic, making the situation even worse, he added.

Video footage uploaded to social media showed a medic examining a young girl who was squirming. Another child, in an orange tee-shirt and blue pants, appeared lifeless as a medic administered CPR. He then opened the child's mouth to reveal a swollen, blue-tinged tongue. The footage corresponded with Associated Press reporting of the event.

The Western-backed opposition based in Turkey said it had suspended the second round of measles vaccinations, which began on Monday. The campaign was meant to target 60,000 children. In a statement, it said the vaccines used Tuesday met international standards and did not say what may have caused the deaths.

It is extremely unlikely that the vaccinations killed the children, said Beirut-based public health specialist Fouad Fouad, who said spoiled vaccinations were more or less harmless. "It cannot cause death," he said.

U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said UNICEF and the World Health Organization are "deeply concerned" and awaiting further clarification.

Source: Yahoo News, 17 September 2014


Syrian opposition halts vaccinations after death reports

The Syrian opposition said Tuesday it halted a measles vaccination campaign in northeastern Idlib province following reports that children had died after being innoculated.

The announcement came in a statement posted on the websites of the Syrian opposition National Coalition and the rebel interim government.

"The Syrian interim government's health ministry has instructed a halt to the second round of the measles vaccination campaign, which began Monday... following several fatalities and injuries among children in vaccination centres in the Idlib countryside," the statement said.

It stressed that a first round of vaccinations against measles, which began a month ago, had been carried out "without any problems."

They said the vaccines being used in the latest campaign had come from the same "source" as those in the previous round, without specifying what that was.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based NGO, said "at least five children have died and 50 others are suffering from poisoning or allergic reactions after measles vaccinations in Jirjanaz, in Idlib province."

The group said medical sources had suggested the vaccines could have been compromised, possibly either because they were expired or poorly stored, but there was no confirmation.

Medical groups have rushed to head off the spread of measles, mumps, rubella and particularly polio in Syria, as normal medical services have disintegrated during the conflict since 2011 between the government and armed rebels.

The United Nations said earlier this year that 1.6 million children were to be vaccinated inside Syria against polio, measles, mumps and rubella.

Source: Global Post, 16 September 2014


VAN UK's Comment: Any doctor knows that a severe allergic reaction usually occurs on the 2nd exposure because the first time around the body doesn't recognise the toxin. The 2nd time the immune system mounts a defence, which is what allergic reaction is.

Five children die of spoiled vaccines in Syria

Damascus: At least five children died after taking contaminated measles vaccines in rebel-held areas in the country's northern province of Idlib, the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday.

More than 50 other children got related allergies after receiving the vaccines, Xinhua reported citing the observatory.

The vaccines were provided by the interim “oppositional government”, which has been formed in exile but has access to some of the rebel-held areas in the Idlib province.

According to the observatory, 10 others children are believed to have died in the areas of Sinjar, Sheikh Barakeh and Um Moilat in the countryside of Idlib and many more are expected to lose their lives as a result of the deteriorating health situation.

Opposition sources said that the spoiled vaccines may have not been properly stored before being administered to the children.

The opposition forces are in control of considerable portions of Idlib province and the latest incident has cast doubts on the ability of such opposition forces to run the lives of the people under their control.

There have been no remarks from the official Syrian government regarding the incident in Idlib.

Source: Zee News, 16 September 2014


Novartis flu vaccine under the lens as Italy probes 13 deaths

Italy's drug regulator has a growing investigation on its hands, and Novartis ($NVS) is in the middle of it. The number of people who have died in the country after receiving one of the Swiss pharma giant's flu vaccines has risen by 10 just days after Italy issued a partial ban on the product.

Thirteen people have now died shortly after getting Novartis' Fluad shot, news.com.au reports. The death toll has climbed since Thursday, when Italian authorities suspended batches 142701 and 143301 of the vaccine as a precaution after alerts of an initial three fatalities. The deaths include people who received doses from those lots as well as people who received doses from other lots, the Italian Pharmaceutical Agency said on Friday, according to Bloomberg.

Source: Fierce Pharma, 1st December 2014, http://www.fiercepharma.com/story/novartis-flu-vax-under-lens-italy-probes-13-deaths/2014-12-01

Two babies die in France after vaccinations

Health authorities in France are reviewing whether a common vaccine to prevent stomach illnesses should be given to babies, after it emerged this week that two newborns died following the inoculations.

A report has been submitted to France’s Directorate General of Health that raises a number of concerns about adverse effects after the vaccination for gastroenteritis, which is given to newborns.

It comes after the national drugs agency MSNA reported that two babies had died following the vaccination back in 2012 and 2014, revealed on Tuesday by French newspaper La Canard Enchaîné.

According to the report the babies died of an “intussusception” – a serious intestinal condition that sees one portion of the bowel slide into another.

It added that the vaccines Rotarix and RotaTeq, used to prevent infections in babies, have caused a number of worrying side effects, including the two deaths.

The two vaccinations, which are given orally, have been administered to babies since May 2006 and January 2007 respectively.

Since then 508 confirmed reports of adverse effects have been made, including 201 that were logged as “serious”.

The authors of the report from the Technical Committee of “Pharmacovigilance” have questioned whether all babies need to receive the vaccination.

Health authorities are expected to review the findings of the report in the coming days.

Source: The Local, France, 1st April 2015.


VAN UK's Comment: What makes it sadder is that gastroenteritis is NOT fatal or serious in first world countries and can be prevented by breastfeeding and hydration. The vaccine is much more dangerous than the disease.

4 month old baby dies after receiving wrong vaccine, mother protests in front of Clinic

Attempts to cover up the death of a four-month old baby are not being taken lightly by his grieving mother, Suemede Critchlow as she continues to demand justice for her baby boy.

Critchlow on Monday, March 23 told reporters that her son died after being administered the wrong vaccine at the Plaisance Health Centre, East Coast Demerara. Kevon Critchlow died on Wednesday, March 18 due to hemorrhaging in his brain.

The mother and a group of other women protested the clinic as they cry out for justice.

She  explained that her son was given a vaccine, which was intended for a 5 – year – old child, after the nurse mixed up his clinic card with that of his cousin.

“K. Critchlow was written on both cards and that’s why she mix them up. He was a very healthy baby when he attended the clinic to get his four month vaccine, the nurse wrote down all the vaccines in the clinic card before administering the vaccine, and then she go and take out all of the vaccines and put it there and give my son the vaccine for a five year old baby,” the mother said.

She further noted that she woke her son up to nurse him when she saw him bleeding through his nose.

“When I took him to the hospital they said that he was dead…they said he had brain hemorrhage and they took a sample…so when we went to ask the nurse if she give him the right vaccine they said it was a mistake.”

Critchlow said the nurse confessed to administering the wrong vaccine; however they are now trying to cover up the matter and were trying to retrieve the toddler’s clinic card in an attempt to make changes to their record chart.

She has since reported the matter to the police. “

I will try my utmost to get justice and I know that I will get justice for my baby…I would like to have justice for my child because I have 4 children and I am very capable of taking care of all of them.”

Source: I News Guyana, 23rd March 2015.


VAN UK's Comment: Babies are given the same dose of vaccine as a 5 yr old so it was probably a fatal reaction to vaccines rather than a dosing problem although he may have been given MMR.

Polio drops 'kill' baby; six hospitalized

A two-month-old girl died on Saturday while six children were hospitalized after they were administered polio drops at Shahpur in Bihar's Vaishali district a day earlier.

"The girl's family was sleeping in the open because of hot weather. The family woke up just before dawn when it started raining and realized the baby was dead,'' said Vaishali civil surgeon Dr Ramashish Kumar.

"The other six children were admitted to hospital as a precautionary step. I have asked the officials concerned to ascertain whether the incident is connected to administration of polio drops or not.''

State immunization officer Dr N K Sinha said the kid died of cold. "Others were hospitalized because of hue and cry,'' he said.

"All of them who were hospitalized have been discharged now. The postmortem report of the deceased is awaited."

A relative of one of the six children said the kids developed fever and suffered from vomiting and diarrhoea after they were given polio vaccine.

Vaishali SP Rakesh Kumar said they were waiting for the deceased baby's family to file a written complaint or else they would suo motu register a case.

Source: The Times of India, 28th June 2015

Polio Drops Kill Baby

Infant dies after receiving anti-polio vaccine in Bihar: Docs

A seven-month-old girl died while six other children are undergoing treatment at a government hospital after being administered anti-polio vaccine in Bihar's Vaishali district, Doctors said today.

Civil Surgeon (CS) of Vaishali Ramashish Kumar said that Sonali Kumari, a seven-month-old girl, died at her home late last night after she was administered the anti-polio injection during the day at Shahpur village.

The Centre termed as "sudden infant death syndrome" the fatality and sought a report from the state government.

Six other children of the village under Ganga bridge police station have been admitted to Sadar hospital for treatment, Kumar said.

Sadar Hospital doctor B N Jha, who is treating the children at the hospital, said they reported complaints of vomiting and shivering among other problems.

The CS said a team under Executive Director of state Health department Rahul Kumar has gone to the village to probe the matter.

He said that till now anti-polio drops used to be given to children and this was the first time that the vaccination centre of the district went for administering anti-polio injections.

"It seems to be a case of sudden infant death syndrome. Post mortem is being conducted," a senior Union Health Ministry official said in Delhi.

According to the investigation by the Ministry's team, the child was unwell before being given the vaccine.

"All children were fine except for the one who was found dead in the morning. She already had mild fever and parents also do not know the reason," the official said.

He said that the six other children who reportedly fell sick were brought to the hospital as a "panic reaction".

"As a panic reaction, all the children who were vaccinated in that locality were brought to the hospital and were finally discharged after two hours of observation," the official said.

Source: Business Standard, June 27 2015.

"All children were fine except for the one that was found dead"

VAN UK's Comment: Sick children are not supposed to be vaccinated. Having a fever at the time of vaccination is a contraindication.

Vaccination deaths: Health dept awaiting lab reports

The State Health and Family Welfare department is yet to receive the report on the death of infants, who died after immunisation at a private hospital in Bengaluru two months ago.

Two infants died after they were administered with a dose of Polio, BCG and Hepatitis B vaccination on May 25 at the Shushrusha Nursing Home in Yelahanka New Town.

The State Drug Controller sent samples of the vaccines administered to the Central Research Institute (CRI) at Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh. Raghuram Bhandary, drug controller, said they were yet to receive the report from the laboratory. “It is taking time for us to get the sample testing reports but we are hopeful to receive it by next week,” he added.

Hussain Saheb Kazi, Deputy Director (Immunisation), Health department, said “We want to send samples of syringes to the Central Drug Laboratory in Kolkata. Once the drug and syringe test reports are out, it will be easy to analyse the cause of death,” he added. 

Source: Deccan Herald, 31 July 2015.

Vaccination deaths: Health dept awaiting lab reports

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