By Christina England | March 21st, 2011
Reports are coming in of four infants under the age of one dying minutes after the measles vaccine. The vaccination programme has been suspended and the batch has been sent for testing.
The children all from a slum colony in Adipur town in the Kutch district died soon after being given vaccines by the district health department. The bodies of the four infants have been sent for post mortem to determine the exact cause of death and a high level inquiry has began.
If any negligence is found Narendra Modi the Chief Minister has promised to take strong action. The chief added that if any staff member is found to be guilty they would be ‘severely punished’. (http://www.zeenews.com/news693699.html) and (http://www.sify.com/news/4-gujarat-children-die…)
Sadly, these are not the only deaths reported just minutes after the measles vaccine in India. In Dhawan, September 2010, twin girls of nine months also suffered the same fate within 15 minutes of the measles vaccine. The children’s uncle said:
“They were given the vaccination around 7.15 pm. In 15 minutes, the children started breathing heavily. We rushed to the doctor who gave them oxygen. But the babies had died by then.”
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