New Pentavalent Vaccine Investigated For Infants Death
December 22, 2011
Aware and Prepare
“More problems arise from vaccines. They are not safe and effective.” –KTRN
Throughout India, the new pentavalent vaccine is being rolled out as part of the Government Universal Vaccination Program. The pentavalent vaccine in 5 vaccines in one, leading many to believe makes it much more dangerous challenging a childs fragile immune system. Add to this the question of necessity of involved vaccinations, the most recent report of a 58 day old child dieing within 24 hours of the vaccination backs the worries of vaccine injury and vaccine related death.
A high-level team consisting of experts from the Union Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) has started investigating into the sudden death of a 58-day-old baby at Vithura near here on Thursday.
The death of the infant, which occurred a day after she was given the first dose of pentavalent vaccine, is being treated as the first case of Adverse Events Following Immunisation (AEFI) following the introduction of the vaccine under the Universal Immunisation Programme in the country on December 14.
Kerala was the first State to have introduced the pentavalent vaccine, which combines the antigens against five diseases in a single shot (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, hepatitis B and Hib or meningitis) under the national immunisation schedule.
To allay any fears about any possible risks of the vaccine, Health Secretary Rajeev Sadanandan had made it clear earlier that every case of AEFI would be thoroughly investigated and that every child who had been given the vaccination would be followed up over a period.