4 Infants Die from Measles Vaccination

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4 Infants Die from Measles Vaccination
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Fri, 04-25-2008 - 10:16am

The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday stopped the measles vaccination programme throughout the state with immediate effect following the deaths of four infants on Wednesday after they were given vaccine shots at Tiruvallur.

Announcing this decision to halt the vaccination programme in the state assembly on Thursday, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi said all the workers of the health department of Tiruvallur district, who administered the vaccine, have been suspended.

He also announced a relief of Rs three lakh each after members cutting across party lines demanded that compensation be paid to the families of four children who died after they were administered the vaccine.

Stating that the programme had been suspended throughout the state, Health Minister M R K Pannerselvam said the Union health ministry had already been informed of the deaths and they would depute a high-level team to Tamil Nadu to enquire into the deaths.

He said over 20,000 children below the age of one were administered the vaccine all over Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, but barring the four cases, there was no report of any casualty.

He said the deaths were caused due to anaphylactic shock and the vaccine samples had been sent to a laboratory in Himachal Pradesh for tests.

Earlier, an AIADMK legislator G Hari, who raised the issue, demanded the resignation of Pannerselvem owning moral responsibility for the incident.

Four children died soon after the vaccine was administered in Katchur Primary Health Centre in Poondi panchayat union of Tiruvallur district.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/TN_govt_stops_measles_vaccination_programme/articleshow/2978778.cms

Perhaps I a missing something... why where children under the age of 12 months being given the measles vaccine? Is that common practice in third world countries?

More here:
http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv/story.aspx?id=NEWEN20080047740&ch=4/24/2008%209:05:00%20PM

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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-25-2003
Fri, 04-25-2008 - 11:56am

I have seen on the WHO website that there are some vaccination campaigns that target starting anywhere from 9 month olds to 12 month olds in third world countries.


I don't want to downplay the deaths, as any child's death is tragic...however deaths from the measles itself would be significantly higher than 4 in that same number of children if they got the disease.


iVillage Member
Registered: 04-09-2008
Fri, 04-25-2008 - 12:56pm

This is exactly why, IMHO, monies would be better spent on their water purification systems, nutritional standards/habits and living conditions. In 3rd world countries however, you're probably right, the death rate from the disease would be higher given their living conditions. I can't help but wonder why we spend hundreds of millions in vaccines each year for these countries, but spend nothing on living conditions. To me, that's simply mind blowing.


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I have seen on the WHO website that there are some vaccination campaigns that target starting anywhere from 9 month olds to 12 month olds in third world countries.


I don't want to downplay the deaths, as any child's death is tragic...however deaths from the measles itself would be significantly higher than 4 in that same number of children if they got the disease.

Rands

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Fri, 04-25-2008 - 2:02pm

This is exactly why, IMHO, monies would be better spent on their water purification systems, nutritional standards/habits and living conditions. In 3rd world countries however, you're probably right, the death rate from the disease would be higher given their living conditions. I can't help but wonder why we spend hundreds of millions in vaccines each year for these countries, but spend nothing on living conditions. To me, that's simply mind blowing.


Well, I highly doubt NOTHING is spent on living conditions as you describe.


iVillage Member
Registered: 04-09-2008
Fri, 04-25-2008 - 2:18pm

Great - given that the goal is (at least in Asia) 7 years away, I really do hope they stick with this plan.

Rands

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Registered: 10-20-2006
Sat, 04-26-2008 - 8:02pm

I can't help but wonder why we spend hundreds of millions in vaccines each year for these countries, but spend nothing on living conditions. To me, that's simply mind blowing.


Because (sadly) there is more money to be gained by pushing the vaccinations, and not so much on improving the living conditions.


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iVillage Member
Registered: 02-20-2008
Sun, 04-27-2008 - 9:18pm
And I am accused of using scare tactics with regards to kids dying from things like measles and chickenpox? Wow Thats all I can say is wow.
iVillage Member
Registered: 10-18-2007
Mon, 04-28-2008 - 9:36am

Why do you make everything about you?

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-18-2007
Mon, 04-28-2008 - 9:49am

I also do agree that it's very plausible that if people stopped vaccinating deaths could occur if an outbreak occurred. (I DO agree with this) - BUT... the only reason why I do agree with this as reading trends early this AM on nutrition/health standards (in the US anyway) has gone way down.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-09-2008
Mon, 04-28-2008 - 10:02am

This was discussed earlier in another one of these upteenth hundred threads.. The devil seems to be in the details and many individuals (IMHO anyway) may be damned if they do - and damned if they don't. My personal opinion is that unless healthstyles are changed (again, we know our trends here in the US) there very well could be unfortunate higher deaths. But again, IMO, there seems to be an "easy fix" around any corner which takes away the responsibility from the individual.

Rands

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-18-2007
Mon, 04-28-2008 - 10:18am

This was discussed earlier in another one of these upteenth hundred threads..


*** LOL, I know... it seems like we've discussed everything no?


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