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A 2-month old Hanoi baby has been pronounced dead after receiving what appears to be a fatal dose of Quinvaxem, a 5 in 1 vaccine. Health officials in the city are claiming the vaccine was safe and looking for “other causes.”

According to thanhniennews.com, Hoang Duc Hanh, deputy director of Hanoi’s health department, believes the cause may have been anaphylactic shock, which occurs when a baby’s body is too sensitive to a drug.

The little girl received the shot in the morning and began showing indications of a fever that afternoon. Her parents took her to the hospital but were too late to save her life. Quinvaxem is used in Vietnam. Here’s more on the vaccine’s history.

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Quinvaxem is a WHO prequalified drug and has been distributed in Vietnam by Berna Biotech Korea Corp since 2010 under a national immunization program sponsored by the global vaccine alliance GAVI. It protects children from two months old against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B, and Haemophilus influenza type B.
Babies are given the vaccine for free, but it has lost much of the public trust following at least 23 post-vaccination deaths since 2012. In all the cases, the health authorities said there’s no problem with the vaccine’s quality and its administration.
Vaccine injuries are typically buried within hours of the event, starting at the hospitals and eventually being glossed over by the media. It can take months for autopsy information to be given to family members and most injuries assume the vaccine not to be at fault. The road to justice is rocky, to say the least.


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