Deaths from flu vaccination continue to rise in South Korea. However, as local health officials are working to reassure affected citizens by refuting a link between the two, an Asian country precautionary exposed two shots that were fired at people who later died.
Singapore has temporarily withdrawn its support for SKYCellflu Quadrivalent from SK Bioscience and VaxigripTetra from Sanofi Pasteur, the Ministry of Health announced on Sunday. Of the seven brands given to those who have died in South Korea, these two brands are the only ones available in Singapore.
Healthcare providers can continue to use two other flu vaccines sold in Singapore, and the agency said it will continue to monitor the situation and stay in touch with South Korean authorities.
As of Monday, at least 59 people, mostly in their 70s and 80s, had died from a flu shot in South Korea, up from 46 on Saturday. That’s among more than 14.7 million people who were vaccinated this season.
Last year, more than 1,500 elderly people died within seven days of taking flu vaccines – deaths not related to vaccinations, according to Reuters. Old and young children in South Korea can be vaccinated free of charge under a national system.
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The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDAC) said Thursday that it had found no link between the deaths and the flu vaccinations and urged citizens to continue vaccinations.
In a statement to FiercePhama on Monday, a Sanofi spokesman pointed to the KDCA investigation, stressing that the agency’s investigation had not confirmed a link between vaccines and deaths.
Korean officials are also trying to convince an increasingly concerned public that the vaccines are safe and that the benefits of vaccination far outweigh the side effects.
“Trust the conclusion of the health authorities … that came after an expert review,” President Moon Jae-in said at a meeting, as quoted by Reuters. “Influenza vaccination must be expanded this year not only to prevent the flu, but also to ward off the simultaneous infection and spread of flu and COVID-19.”
Aside from some normally mild side effects, such as: B. Injection site reactions, flu vaccines can cause dangerous allergic shock in some people. But, as is the case with a person who is allergic to peanuts and accidentally eats one, such allergic reactions to vaccines occur within minutes. No such case has been reported in South Korea, according to Reuters, the local government said.
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