30 children fall sick in Swat upon receiving measles vaccinations

Published: May 24, 2014
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Hospital sources say children, who are students of a private school, are out of danger. PHOTO: FILE

Hospital sources say children, who are students of a private school, are out of danger. PHOTO: FILE

SWAT: At least 30 children fell ill in Swat after receiving vaccinations for measles on Saturday, Express News reported.

A team of health officials had gone to their school, MR Model School in Mingora, where they were given injections of the vaccines. After which, the children fell ill and were taken to Saidu Sharif Hospital for medical treatment.

According to sources at the hospital, the children are out of danger.

The reason of the adverse reaction to the vaccinations is not known as yet.

On May 21, six children had fallen unconscious after being administered measles vaccines in Kohat district. A team of health officials went to a private school in Jangal Khel to vaccinate children against measles after which the students fell unconscious and were rushed to the Liaqat Memorial Hospital.

Two days earlier, at least 23 students of Government Girls Primary School in Dalan union council of Thal, Hangu had fallen unconscious after they were administered anti-measles injections.

The commonly known side-effects of measles vaccines range from the common ones which are fever, rash to the very rare ones such as mild seizures and deafness.

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  • khan
    May 24, 2014 - 1:53PM

    media is playing ts active role in ensuring that people DONT get immunized.
    wow praise for such a media for
    false reporting as well as disinformation on side effetcsRecommend

  • observer
    May 24, 2014 - 2:55PM

    A vaccine, like any medicine, , can cause allergic reactions. The risk of Measle vaccine causing serious harm, or death, is extremely small.Getting Measle vaccine is much safer than getting diseases.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    May 24, 2014 - 5:42PM

    Its very normal to get sick after immunization. Media should refrain from such headlines and stop giving a tool in the hands of extremists.

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  • sidjeen
    May 24, 2014 - 5:45PM

    didn’t something like this happen a few days ago in hangu as well. is it normal for children in such large numbers to feel the side effects of this vaccine. the authorities need to come clean on this cause the misconception in the country about vaccines safety are already making it though to vaccinate children.

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  • faisal
    May 24, 2014 - 5:54PM

    May be we should use a different vaccine that has lower no of side effects.

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  • unbelievable
    May 24, 2014 - 7:43PM

    Keeping vaccines properly refrigerated can be problematic in countries with spotty electricity – 30 kids being hospitalized is a clear sign that something fundamental went wrong and until the problem is identified and corrected immunizations should be temporarily halted.

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  • May 24, 2014 - 7:57PM

    Immunization spreading deceases then cure. People be aware with West conspiracy against Muslims and Pakistan.Recommend

  • Aam Admi Bechara
    May 24, 2014 - 8:12PM

    children can wait, the chief minister KPK is busy in Faisalabad “protest” tsunami

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  • MAD
    May 24, 2014 - 10:36PM

    Every time my children have vaccines the doctor prescribes medicine in case there is fever etc. vaccines tend to have side effects in minority of cases. Such an issue should not be highlighted as it would discourage people from vaccination.Recommend

  • Sukaina
    May 25, 2014 - 12:34AM

    Some government official has probably bought expired vaccines at a lower price and pocketed the rest of the sanctioned money. Hence the higher rate of unexplained side effects.

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  • hellodrsoul
    May 25, 2014 - 2:10AM

    There is something wrong with the given vaccine. Getting unconscious is not a side effect of measle vaccine. It may mean that the vaccine is modified and so may be ineffective. It must be stopped and re-examined so that the effort being put into this vaccination drive does not go in vain and the people really get protected.

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  • Jay
    May 27, 2014 - 1:13PM

    Hello. I was just surfing the net and this article got the better of my curiosity. They usually give the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine here in the states. I read some responses on other pages from citizens here, and so many had the same story. I don’t know if I got the shot in my school days or not so I can’t refer to my own experience for you, but there are a lot of people out here that said they got sick after the vaccine (some immediately, some exactly one week later). Many of them said they were so violently sick, they had to go to the hospital. Yet, in story after story that I read, all the “professionals” told them the sickness, while cause unknown, was definitely not related to the vaccine–and when you read about the vaccine, they keep researching and changing it because it doesn’t even seem to be effective, or in some more promising admins not promising enough to over come the effects caused by it. I love my country and stand behind it’s citizens, but these multi million dollar companies injecting our children with harsh chemicals just doesn’t seem right to me. They actually require them to have the Hep C vaccine. How many small children are really in jeopardy of Hep C (but they do not require for Hep A/B, Shingles, Small Pox, Pneumonia…etc).My grandma refused to let her kids have the Polio vaccine back in the 50s, and she was right not to as it was causing Polio. Just saying…

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