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Immunization side-effects claimed 133 children’s lives in 2011
By Kounteya Sinha, TNN
NEW DELHI: Around 133 children died last year due to adverse effects following immunization (AEFI).
Minister of state for health Sudip Bandhopadhyay admitted on Friday said that six of those deaths occurred due to programme errors, while four others died of vaccine reaction.
Around 56 deaths have been termed “unclassifiable”, and 67 were termed “coincidental.”
In comparison, 138 children had died of AEFI in 2010. The death figures till last year had persistently risen. There were 111 and 116 deaths in 2008 and 2009, respectively.
India has one of the world’s largest universal immunization programme, targeting 2.6 crore children who are born every year.