Recent deaths of two newborn babies within a span of two weeks have once again brought attention to a pentavalent vaccine being used in India.
During their next visit to Thrissur, a national team will review the newborns' post-mortem reports. The autopsy report of Ajilesh, a 47-day-old boy who died a day after vaccination was given at Chalakkudy Government Hospital on December 29, 2012. It states that, "Preliminary reports of microbiological and histopathological findings, no definite opinion as to the cause of death can be furnished. Death due to natural disease, injury and asphyxiation are ruled out. However, death as a result of post-vaccination sequelae could not be ruled out".
A source for the Times of India (TOI) was in the team that did the post-mortem report on a 42-day-old girl from Nedupuzha who died on January 10. They told TOI that the draft report points at vaccination as a possible cause of death. The infant showed no symptoms of disease before and after the vaccine was administered on January 9. Jayanthi Thundiparambil, the baby's grandmother said, "The next morning we saw her lying motionless and bleeding from nose. We rushed her to the nearby private hospital in Koorkenchery where she was declared dead."
Both newborns were healthy and had no pre-existing medical conditions that may have caused their deaths. "Several common factors like severe pulmonary haemorrhage were noted in both the cases. There was nothing contributing to the cause of haemorrhage other than vaccination," said a source to the TOI who was part of the post-mortem done on two kids. Officials from the Office of District Medical Officer in Thrissur, confirmed that they had took note of the link between child deaths and vaccination mentioned in the post-mortem report.
Infant deaths have prompted doctors and academicians to warn about mass use of the pentavalent vaccine. See: http://www.examiner.com/article/infant-deaths-prompt-doctors-and-academicians-to-warn-about-mass-use-of-vaccine
At least 26 infants in five countries have died after taking the pentavalent vaccine. See: http://www.examiner.com/article/at-least-26-infants-five-countries-dead-after-taking-pentavalent-vaccine
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