Four Children Dead and 74 Seriously Sickened after Vaccination in China

China’s Health Ministry is investigating the safety of inoculations in a northern province after a report that defective vaccines possibly killed four children and seriously sickened dozens.

The ministry urged health authorities in Shanxi province to promptly report any abnormal reactions triggered by vaccines, saying “the ministry attaches great importance to this issue and will carry out an investigation immediately,” according to a statement posted on its Web site late Wednesday.

The China Economic Times newspaper reported Wednesday that vaccines for encephalitis, hepatitis B, rabies and other diseases administered by government-run clinics were possibly linked to the deaths of four children in 2008 and 2009 and the sickening of at least 74 others in the province.

The newspaper said the four children who died were aged between 8 months and 3 years, and each had convulsions and fever shortly after being vaccinated. Doctors were unable to diagnose their illnesses before the children died.

Other children developed major illnesses such as encephalitis, with some becoming crippled, the report said.

The newspaper cited a former staffer at the provincial center for disease prevention and control as saying the problem could be linked to improper storage: The vaccines were exposed to heat when refrigeration was required.

Source: AZ, 18 March 2010.

Here’s another report on the same incident in China:

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has told the Shanxi health department to conduct an investigation after it was reported on Wednesday that nearly 100 children in the province had died or fell ill after receiving vaccinations at government-designated clinics from 2006 to 2008.

The Shanxi government denied the widely-circulated report and the provincial health department said it had not received reports of mass adverse effects from any vaccination, the Xinhua News Agency said, citing a division chief.

The MOH, in a statement posted on its website, said it has asked the local health department to report the latest situation on any possible adverse reactions to the vaccines.

A report in the China Economic Times on Wednesday, citing Chen Tao’an – a whistleblower who had worked with the provincial center for disease control and prevention (CDC) in 2007 – blamed tainted vaccines for the deaths or disabilities of the children.

According to the report, the local health department in 2006 asked an unqualified private company to supply the vaccines, a practice that law experts said was against national regulations.

Chen blamed abuse of power and corruption by local health authorities but the MOH said it had launched an investigation into the case, which was closed in November 2008. It found that the sampled vaccines met national standards.

But the China Economic Times published what it described was a partial list of vaccine victims aged 2-17.

The four who died after being administered tainted vaccines were 9-month-old Wang Xiao’er and 8-month-old Liu Ziyang from Luliang city; and 3-year-old Wang Shichao and Liu Yi from Yangquan city, the report said.

Children from 74 families were crippled or developed serious diseases such as encephalitis after being vaccinated against hepatitis B, rabies, and type-B encephalitis, it said.

Wang Mingliang, the father of Wang Xiao’er, told the newspaper that his only son died in August 2008, about seven months after being vaccinated against hepatitis B.

The boy had fever and convulsions a week after the vaccination but hospitals in the province and Beijing could not find the cause, he said.

Chen said he believed it was tainted vaccine that caused the child’s death.

“Vaccines which should have been kept refrigerated according to regulations were found to be piled up in non-air-conditioned buildings,” Chen told the paper.

“Spoiled vaccines should have been destroyed according to regulations on vaccine safety but they were still used,” he said.

Law experts said if that proved true, it would be tantamount to a criminal case.

Source: China Daily, 18th March 2010.

Four Babies Dead After Measles Vaccines – Doctor and Nurse Arrested for Culpable Homicide

Four babies have died after being given anti-measles shots at a government vaccination camp in Madhya Pradesh, prompting the arrest of a doctor and a nurse amid fears that expired drugs had been used.

Gaurav Vishwakarma (nine months), Karnika Thakur (11 months) and Rohini (13 months) died yesterday, one day after being given the vaccines at the Anganwadi Kendra camp in Damoh.

Nine-month-old Arman Vishwakarma — one of 10 babies hospitalised in a serious condition — died this morning, police said.

There was no official word on the vaccines, but Bhopal-based officials of the state government’s health and family welfare department, which runs the camps, hinted that the vaccine samples may have been past their expiry dates. The additional district magistrate has been asked to prepare a report on the cause of the deaths.

Victim Gaurav’s mother Gauri said the babies developed diarrhoea and their health deteriorated rapidly after the vaccine was administered. Gaurav and two others were dead by the time they had been taken to the Damoh district hospital.

“I was told a measles vaccination camp was being organised at the kendra. I took my son to the camp where he was administered the vaccine,” said Gauri, still struggling to come to terms with the death of her child.

At this time last year, many babies in the Sagar division of the state, of which Damoh is a part, had contracted measles. So, this time, there was enthusiastic response to the vaccination drive. Many families from far-flung areas of the district hired vehicles to travel to the camp.

The arrested doctor-nurse duo, who had given the injections, have been charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder, said the Damoh additional superintendent of police, Mukesh Shrivastav.

“Prima facie, it appears a case of criminal negligence. Action will taken against the officials, as well as the distributor and controller of the vaccine.”

Source: The Telegraph, Calcutta, India, 14th March 2010.

Baby Dies after Polio Drops

A day after a six-month-old baby died in Gosaintolla village after being administered polio drops, tension prevailed in the area as locals staged agitation demanding an inquiry into the matter. While the district police seized the vials and registered a case, the state health department has initiated an inquiry into the incident.

“There were 18 babies who were given pulse polio drops on Sunday. The baby in question was doing fine while at the booth. On reaching home, the baby started foaming in the mouth and died,” said Sreekanto Roy, Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) in Malda.

He added: “We have initiated an investigation into the case and have notified the state health department. The postmortem of the body has been done and we are awaiting the forensic report.”

The six-month-old son of a local farmer was accompanied by his elder brother to the booth in Gosaintolla village under Gopalgunj police station area in Kaliachowk. As the news broke out, over hundred villagers laid siege to the booth and staged agitations, while not allowing health workers to leave the booth. The district health officials intimated the police, who went to the spot and rescued the health workers, amid resistance from villagers, said a police officer.

Source: Yahoo News, 16th March 2010.

Parents of Children Killed By Vaccines in China, March to Health Authority to Speak Directly to Health Officials after they Deny the Deaths

STUNG by officials’ denials, parents of scores of children who allegedly died or were sickened after getting vaccines are traveling to Shanxi Province’s capital city of Taiyuan to tell their stories of misery to investigators from the Health Ministry.

The vaccination accusations were first reported on Wednesday by China Economic Times.

The Shanxi Health Bureau quickly denied the report, saying it checked with 10 children said to be victims and found only one of them had abnormal reactions to the vaccines.

However, China Economic Times soon issued a statement strongly defending itself and saying it had collected enough proof to back up its story.

Disappointed by the way the Shanxi health authorities handled the case, parents said they will go to the provincial capital, Taiyuan City, to tell their stories “face to face” to the investigators to help them learn the truth, one of the parents told Luzhong News.

The parents are coming from Luliang, Gaoping, Linfen and Yuncheng cities, the newspaper said yesterday.

According to the China Economic Times report, two babies and two toddlers in Shanxi died and another 76 became ill after being jabbed against hepatitis B, rabies and Type-B encephalitis.

The vaccines may have been tainted by poor storage and some shots were given in the wrong season, said the report, citing Chen Tao’an, a former official with the Shanxi Province Disease Prevention & Control Center.

Chen told the newspaper complaints to Shanxi health authorities fell on deaf ears.

The vaccines, which should be refrigerated to keep active, were piled up in a building without air-conditioning, even in summer heat, and the truck transporting the vaccines was not cooled, Chen said.

He said he had seen workers sweating in pants while labeling the vaccines in the muggy building.

Center authorities encouraged people to get vaccinated against Type-B encephalitis, a disease spread by mosquitoes, in autumn of 2006 — the wrong season for the insects, he added.

“Spoiled vaccines should be destroyed according to law rather than put in use on humans,” he pointed out.

Chen was removed from his post at the center in July 2005 along with other leading officials of the center. A vaccine distribution unit launched later was headed by Tian Jianguo, who was also the general manager of Huawei Shidai Co — the unit’s only vaccine supplier, Chen said.

Shanxi’s health bureau said late on Wednesday that an agency appointed by the state food and drug watchdog tested samples of the stored vaccines, and that they all complied with national standards with no adverse reactions reported.

But an official surnamed Zhao with the Health Ministry’s supervising unit denied the bureau’s account, saying they only investigated the center’s administrative issues, not the vaccines.

The Shanghai Health Bureau said yesterday there were no reports of severe side effects on children after receiving vaccinations in the city. Vaccinations in the city are going on as normal.

Source: Shanghai Daily, 20th March 2010.

Death after Vaccination

A federal court ruled recently that mercury in vaccines doesn’t cause autism, but parents like Erica Henderson aren’t buying it.

Henderson and her husband lost their second child when he was six weeks old. He died hours after he received his first immunizations.

She believes her son’s death is directly linked to his vaccinations. And her belief is based not only on this experience, she says, but on the adverse reactions of her firstborn shortly after receiving his own vaccinations.

Henderson and her husband are part of the growing anti-vaccine movement, arguing that immunization is linked to a long list of diseases and disabilities, including autism, attention deficit disorder, allergies, paralysis and even death.

Many of these parents decide to keep their children in school even though they don’t have the required immunizations.

But how easy is it for them to enroll and provide their kids with the same experiences that every parent wants?

Dennis Roberson, chief of special education services for the Orange County Department of Education, and Nathan Wright, director of the Thinktwice Global Vaccine Institute, are on different sides of the immunizations debate, but they agree on at least one thing: There are no legal barriers for parents who want to enroll their unvaccinated children in California public schools.

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VAN UK’s Comment: This report fails to mention the 4 court hearings that DID link vaccines to ASD

 Parents Threatened to Keep Quiet About Vaccine Deaths and Side-Effects

Shortly after Liu Yan’s four-year-old son, Liu Yi, was bitten by a dog, he did what any responsible parent would do: took his child to the hospital for a vaccination. Two weeks later, after the fourth injection, Liu Yi became violently ill.

The next morning, on Aug. 27, 2008, the boy was taken to First People’s Hospital in Yangquan city in central China’s Shanxi province, where he was diagnosed with viral meningitis. Liu Yi’s condition quickly deteriorated and he died later that afternoon.

Liu Yan blamed the rabies vaccination for his son’s death, and according to a searing media report last month, he might not be alone.

“My son was in good health before he got the rabies vaccine,” Liu Yan told IPS. “Nobody could clarify why my child got sick.”

On Mar. 17, the Beijing-based ‘China Economic Times’, a business and finance newspaper published by the state-run Development Research Centre, reported on alleged irregularities and safety concerns within Shanxi’s immunisation programme.

The expose said that improperly stored vaccines administered by the provincial Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for encephalitis, hepatitis B and rabies between 2006 and 2008 had killed four children and made more than 70 others ill. People were exposed to the faulty vaccinations as late as March 2009.

The six-part series, which took six months to compile and includes interviews with families of 36 victims, has snowballed into a nationwide scandal involving children’s health. The ‘Times’ alleged that the vaccine provider, Beijing-based Huawei Shidai Co, began charging citizens for vaccines that should have been administered for free, and raised the price of other vaccines.

The report also charges that Li Wenyuan, former Shanxi CDC director, used more than half of the funds from Huawei’s initial deposit to buy a new car for his private use.

The scandal came to light after Chen Taoan, a former CDC information office official, told ‘China Economic Times’ he had seen vaccines provided by Huawei exposed to high temperatures before they were distributed across the province. In one case, Chen saw boxes of vaccines left in a room with no air conditioning while workers labelled them.

“I was shocked,” Chen said in an interview with IPS. “It was so hot. The vaccines should be stored in a freezer. How could they be exposed to high temperatures for so long? It’s very dangerous.”

Chen said he initially filed a report to the Shanxi Provincial People’s Procuratorate in May 2007, which was ignored. He was removed from his post and put on cleaning duties in early 2009.

Provincial authorities have denied that the vaccinations were unsafe.

On the day of the ‘China Economic Times’ story, state-run Xinhua news agency quoted Li Shukai, the local deputy health director, as saying the allegations were “basically untrue.” (The next day, the ‘Times’ responded with a published announcement on its website stating that the publication “stands by all the facts written in the report.”)

On Mar. 22, the provincial government maintained that the vaccines were safe, but admitted that the provincial CDC and Huawei had violated rules.

The local government launched an investigation into the scandal, which was assisted by a group sent by the Ministry of Health and experts from other provinces. A week later, the Chinese Medical Association sent a team of eight experts to Shanxi, Xinhua reported. Meanwhile, the provincial food and drug administration launched an inspection campaign on vaccine quality and safety in late March.

Ju Xianhua, deputy secretary general of the Shanxi government, said at a press conference that vaccines in the province were being “strictly monitored and their quality is guaranteed.” He said the province had sent experts to examine the cases of all 15 children named in the news reports.

In response to the Shanxi scandal, the Ministry of Health issued notices defending the quality and safety of vaccines manufactured in China. The country’s top health authority encouraged the public to follow the vaccination programme, which it said was the best way to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

China has been hit by several vaccination scandals in recent weeks. Disease control and prevention authorities in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province, found after an initial investigation that some children became ill or paralysed after receiving an H1N1 flu vaccine. (Officials said a further investigation was needed for a thorough assessment).

According to the Hong Kong-based ‘Mingpao’ magazine, one of Jiangsu province’s top vaccine producers, Jiangsu Yanshen Biological Stock Co Ltd, had produced contaminated vaccines that over the years had sickened over one million people. The company has halted production and seven top executives have been arrested on charges of producing and selling fake vaccines.

In Shanxi, parents of six alleged victims travelled to Taiyuan, the provincial capital, to demand an explanation from the local health bureau, the ‘Guangzhou Daily’ reported. After a meeting with officials was denied, some parents engaged in a brief confrontation with bureau staffers.

“I have not received any compensation,” said Jia Haibo of Changzhi city, whose three-year-old daughter, Jia Xiaonu, fell ill with a mysterious case of necrotising fasciitis after receiving a vaccine for mumps in July 2008. She recovered, but still struggles to use her left hand. “I can do nothing but wait for the final results,” the father said.

According to media reports, Chen and parents of some of the affected children received threatening text messages in the days following the ‘China Economic Times’ report. Some messages offered bribes of 50,000 to 100,000 renminbi (7,324 to 14,648 U.S. dollars) for keeping quiet.

Chen confirmed that he has received threats, but does not fear for his safety. “I’m happy more and more people are starting to pay attention to this problem.”

Source: Health China, 6 April 2010

2 Month old Baby Girl Dies after Polio Drops

A two-month-old baby girl was died of high fever and infection. But its parents have claimed that the child died after taking the polio drops. They have said that the baby died after 48 hours of taking the polio drops. The local civic authorities in Surat have provided the polio medicine.

However, authorities have denied the allegation saying the baby girl was died of high fever.

The girl named Khusbhu of Sriram society at Amroli had high fever and infection. She was then taken to private clinic and later has been forwarded to the civil hospital where she breathes her last. Her parents have given some tablets to control the fever but the condition was so bad to save her as per the hospital officials.

As per the father of the baby, the tablets were given by the health workers. He has accused the health workers of providing outdated vaccines. Then the baby girl has also taken polio drops.

But the Deputy municipal commissioner Hemant Desai of SMC has refused that the vaccine was out dated and also the cause of death is due to the dose of polio drops.

Source:, 2nd May 2010.

8 Month old Dies 2 Hours, 45 Minutes after Polio Vaccine

AN eight-month-old girl’s death, which occurred a matter of hours after she received a polio vaccine injection, has resulted in an inquiry being ordered.

According to a complaint made by Wakad resident Santosh Dhende to officials of the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), his daughter Sanjana was administered her second dose of the triple polio vaccine and soon the child started showing signs of uneasiness.

The doctors allegedly dismissed the parents’ concerns, saying such things were routine during immunisation and they need not worry.

The Dhendes were asked to take their baby home, but soon after reaching their residence at Mhatoba Nagar in Wakad, Sanjana turned blue in the face and had to be rushed back to Thergaon municipal hospital, where she had been given the vaccine.

“The dose was given at 11.30 am and the child was brought back at 12.30 pm in a serious condition. We gave her life-saving injections and put her on oxygen support, and shifted her to YCM hospital in an ambulance. However, they lost her there at 2.15 pm,” said Dr Vishwanath Sawant, senior medical officer who is in-charge of the Thergaon hospital.

A day prior to the incident, the girl had been administered the hepatitis B vaccine.
The girl’s parents could not be immediately traced as the hospital records did not mention the full address.

Police case
Both state and civic officials have ordered an inquiry into the case, but seem inclined to accept the hospital version even before test reports can come in.

“A police case has been registered with the Hinjewadi police station and a preliminary report into the incident prepared by three experts has been sent to the higher authorities,” said Dr R R Iyer, medical director, PCMC. “The initial report suggests the baby died of heart disease.”

He added that the post-mortem had been conducted, but the opinion was yet pending. “The viscera has been preserved and sent for analysis; cause of death will be revealed in 10-15 days,” said Iyer.

Inspectors have seized samples of the polio vaccine and sent it for tests.”

“That particular batch has been stopped and no polio dose will be given until the report is received,” he said.

Source: Mid Day: Make Work Fun, by Alifiya Khan, 10 May 2010.

VAN UK’s Comment: This baby did have a heart condition but all manufacturer’s data sheets say vaccines should only be given to healthy children, so we believe it is medical negligence to vaccinate a child with a heart condition.

Woman Dies of Fatal Vaccine Reaction after Flu Shot

The Procurator Fiscal’s office in Dundee, investigating the death of a woman following her devastating reaction to a flu jab, is seeking answers from the German pharmaceuticals company that made the vaccine (writes Bruce Robbins).
Depute fiscal Kirsty McGowan said the firm has been asked if it is aware of any other adverse reactions to the vaccine.

Dundee woman Sylvia Thomson suffered a fatal reaction to the injection in November last year and died a few weeks later, on December 2,.

The former PE teacher, who’d been bothered by an intermittent chest infection, asked her GP for the jab as a precaution. A week later, she was taken into hospital suffering from encephalitis — swelling in her brain.

Hospital officials have since admitted that other people may be predisposed to a similar reaction.

Mrs Thomson’s husband, Robert, has been pushing for a fatal inquiry into his 56-year-old wife’s death and is critical of the progress the fiscal’s department has made into the investigation.

However, Ms McGowan told the Evening Telegraph she would be taking the matter further if she didn’t hear back from the company in two to three weeks.

She added, “We have received a fax from one of the vaccine companies saying they have referred our inquiry back to the parent company in Germany. Solvay Pharm-aceuticals is German-owned and has a base in Holland. They have to provide us with a full answer and that couldn’t be done by the distributors in Britain.

“We’ve identified the batch numbers of the vaccine concerned and are waiting for a report from the company. We are looking for other adverse reactions to the vaccine and the company will have all those details.”

Ms McGowan rejected Mr Thomson’s claims the matter hadn’t been given a high enough priority and said she had updated him at the beginning of October.”

Mr Thomson said he believed the fiscal’s department had spent a lot of time speaking to Mrs Thomson’s GP and a doctor at Ninewells Hospital when they should have been on to the drugs company straight away.

“There must be a Government body that approved the vaccine for use in the UK and the fiscal could have contacted them straight away to find out what tests had been carried out on it before it was made available.

“There was a report out recently saying that it couldn’t be proved that ‘flu vaccines do any good. Here we are heading into the vaccination season and we still don’t know if this particular vaccine is going to stop people getting the ‘flu or end up killing others.”

Source: Evening Telegraph, 31 October 2006.

Two Babies Die After Vaccination

Two infants died and three others took ill today after being administered DPT and BCG vaccines at Gajole in Malda district.

“Three-month-old Najib Ansari and six-month-old Ruhan Reza of Sheikhpara village died after being administered vaccines for diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus and tuberculosis. They died of some other ailments they had been suffering,” CMOH of Malda Dr Srikanta Roy told PTI.

The babies were administered the vaccines with 45 other children of the village yesterday and five of them fell sick which the villagers claimed was due to poor quality of vaccines.

“They did not die of poor vaccines because 45 other children who were given the same vaccines are healthy. If the vaccines were of bad quality then all children would have suffered,” Dr Roy said.

The three other sick children have been admitted to Gajole Rural Hospital, he said.

Source: Press Trust of India, 14th May 2010.

VAN UK’s Comment: Smoking kills but it doesn’t kill everyone. Just because some were okay, doesn’t mean the vaccines didn’t kill.

3 Cuban Children Dead and Dozens Sick after Single Measles Vaccine

Three Cuban children have died and dozens more are ill after receiving a single measles vaccine manufactured in India.

The Cuban Health Ministry said a “rare accident” had occurred on 22 May after a group of schoolchildren were inoculated against the disease with apparently contaminated doses from India.

The vaccines were certified by the World Health Organisation and purchased through the Pan-American Health Organisation.

Source: BBC News, 31 May 2002.

Parents Demand Answers after Children Killed, Sickened by Vaccines

The parents of nine victims who allegedly had abnormal reactions to vaccine shots received in Shanxi, Shandong and Henan provinces met in front of the Ministry of Health in Beijing on Friday, demanding that the ministry investigate the incidents. The ministry has not yet responded.

“We want the ministry to find out exactly who is responsible for these dead and sick children,” said Yi Wenlong, the father of 15-year-old Yi Lingling, who was diagnosed with acute disseminated encephalomyelitis after receiving the A and C groups of the meningitis vaccine at her school in Linfen, Shanxi Province in December 2006.

A report by the Beijing-based China Economic Times on March 17 revealed that improperly stored vaccines administered by the provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had killed four children and sickened more than 70 others who had been vaccinated between 2006 and 2008, citing Chen Tao’an, a whistle-blower who worked with the Shanxi CDC in 2007.

The parents also demanded the results of the medical testimonial given by the ministry at a press conference on April 6. One group of eight medical experts commissioned by the ministry concluded at that press conference that some diseases afflicting the victims are related to the vaccines, while others are not. No further details were disclosed.

The ministry dispatched eight medical experts from the Chinese Medical Association to Shanxi on March 26 and 27 to meet with some of the victims, including Yi’s daughter. “They looked at my daughter. They didn’t take any blood samples,” Yi told the Global Times.

After that, Yi wrote to the ministry many times demanding a copy of the medical testimonial with signatures of the experts, but never received a reply.

After arriving on Monday, he met with other victims’ families. “We will seek justice together,” said Yi.

Source: Global Times, 28th June 2010.

Expired Measles Vaccine Kills Toddler

A toddler died allegedly after being administered expired measles vaccine at a private clinic in Gulberg Town on Thursday.

According to the child’s father, he took his one-and-a-half-year old son Abdullah to a private clinic near his residence in Yousuf Plaza, Block-16, Federal-B Area, for the routine measles vaccine.

However, his son developed high fever after returning home, and he was rushed to a hospital, but he died there during treatment.

The police reached the spot and immediately arrested a doctor named Qamar while two other doctors Ghani and Asad managed to escape.

The Sindh Health Department ordered immediate closure of the clinic and Sindh Health Minister Dr Sagheer Ahmed constituted a three-member committee headed by special secretary Dr Abdul Majid to probe the incident and present a report within three days.

The father of child, Sarfaraz, is a taxi driver and has three other children. He alleged that the health department was responsible for the incident since it had provided an expired vaccine to the clinic.

However, an official of the health department rejected the allegation and said the child suffered a reaction and when the doctors tried to administer anti-reaction medicines to the child, the parents refused, causing the child’s death.

“The vaccine was not expired, as four more children were also vaccinated at the same clinic and even the brother of the toddler was vaccinated along with him, but the child suffered a severe reaction and when doctors tried to give him some anti-reaction medicines, the family refused,” said Gulberg Town Health Officer Dr Shahnaz.

She said the child was vaccinated at a private clinic named Al-Hamad Medical Centre located in Yousuf Plaza. When asked why the official vaccination campaign was arranged in a private clinic, she said that her department had selected several private clinics and hospitals for this purpose.

“We just selected clinics and hospitals as central points where parents could bring children for vaccination,” she said.

She said that her department has estimated 99,000 children under five years age in Gulberg town for routine vaccination. She said no such incident has occurred so far in which a child died due to vaccination.

“Around 10 children were vaccinated from the same vial, which means if there was something wrong with the vaccine, the nine other children should also have been affected, but no other case was reported,” she said.

When contacted, Health Executive District Officer Dr Shahab Imam refused to comment on the issue. “The provincial health minister has directed us not to speak to the media,” he said.

Source: Daily Times, 16th July 2010.

Flu Vaccine Can’t be Ruled out in Toddler’s Death

A Brisbane coroner says he cannot rule out a link between the death of a two-year-old girl in April and the seasonal flu vaccine.

Ashley Epapara died in Brisbane a day after she and her twin were inoculated against the flu by a GP.

Coroner John Lock says a lengthy investigation has failed to determine the cause of the toddler’s death, but its link with the vaccination cannot be absolutely excluded.

Autopsy results were inconclusive.

“There was no finding to causally connect the young child’s death with the flu vaccination,” Mr Lock said.

“However, I have concluded that a link between the vaccination and the death cannot be absolutely excluded.

Source: ABC News, 10th September 2010.


The Divya Hospital in Shastri Nagar area of Ghaziabad has been sealed by police after nine-month-old twins died following measles vaccination.

Senior superintendent of Ghaziabad police, Raghubir Lal revealed that a case has been registered against the owner of the hospital, who is an Ayurvedic physician called Dr Satvir. The twins called Chandini and Charu died immediately after receiving the vaccine.


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