[SaneVax: Four infants died within 24 hours of vaccination with measles or DPT in India. How high does the mortality rate have to climb before health authorities and medical professionals re-assess the benefit versus risk profile of vaccines? How many parents must suffer the tragic loss of their children before independent investigations are demanded?]
Four infants die after vaccination
By Tekendra Deuda, The Himalayan Times
DIPAYAL: Four infants between nine and 14 months have died within 24 hours after they were administered measles and DPT vaccines at a village in Doti district.
The parents of the deceased said their children showed signs of pallor and vomited profusely a few hours after receiving the vaccinations, but district health officials said it was too early to conclude that the deaths were linked to the vaccines.
Senior Public Health Officer at District Health Office Mahendra Dhowj Adhikari informed that the four infants were administered vaccines at the Deuledanda vaccination centre by health personnel from Kadamandau Sub-health post on Sunday.
The deceased have been identified as Hira Damai’s 14-month-old son Milan, Suntali Nepali’s one-year-old daughter Sujata, Indari Chiral’s nine-month-old daughter Gauri and Pashupati BK’s 10-month-old daughter Manju. While Manju, Milan and Sujata were administered measles vaccine, Gauri was vaccinated against DPT (diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus).