Expired polio vaccine kills 16-day-old baby

Published: June 16, 2011
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Infant's condition deteriorated shortly after vaccine was administered. DESIGN: RASHID JAVED

Infant's condition deteriorated shortly after vaccine was administered. DESIGN: RASHID JAVED

LAHORE: A 16-day-old infant reportedly died after being administered expired polio vaccine in Lahore.

A resident of Mehmood Booti said the condition of his child deteriorated shortly after the vaccine was administered. The infant was rushed to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Taking notice of the incident, the executive district officer health suspended the four-member team which administered the drops.

The vaccine was confiscated and an inquiry into the incident has been ordered.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Ba ha
    Jun 16, 2011 - 12:51PM

    The pharmacist’s life should have been confiscated. What can you do with the vaccine. Do don’t even have a proper lab to test water quality for heavy metals.Recommend

  • Rizwan T.
    Jun 16, 2011 - 12:57PM

    Inquiry, justice, heh. Just like justice given in the Doctor’s Hospital case? I’ve lost all hope.Recommend

  • Ha ba
    Jun 16, 2011 - 6:52PM

    “The health department, however, rejected the impression about the baby’s death due to polio vaccination, saying no such example exists anywhere in the world.

    “The polio vaccination is an oral treatment in the form of liquid which remains in the bowels while the other medicine is administered through the veins or stomach to be mixed in blood,” said Punjab Health Director-General Chaudhry Muhammad Aslam. He said it was a WHO-approved vaccination with no side effect.

    He said the premature baby was underweight (1.8kg) with poor physical health and declared her death natural.

    The DG health said the health team administered vaccination to 17 children, including three children of Abdul Khaliq’s relatives, from the same vial which was used in the case of the baby of the complainant. “Each vial contains at least 17 to 20 doses. The death of a baby due to the polio vaccination is out of question,” he said.”
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  • SAM
    Jun 18, 2011 - 10:49AM

    What a justice? SUSPENDED….wow….I guess this should not be an appropriate word to explain a child’s death…They should have been hanged too…..this is how you’ll being about good justice.Recommend

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