Already 59 People Killed, South Korea Still Does Not Stop Flu Vaccination Program

Report from Journalist, Srihandriatmo Malau

TRIBUNNEWS.COM, SEOUL – Health Authority South Korea, Monday (26/10/2020) said he would continue the national flu vaccination program.

The reason is, there is no direct link between the flu vaccine that is injected with the death of a number of people.

So far, the news agency South Korea reported 59 people – mostly elderly in their 70s to 80s, had died after receiving the injection flu vaccine.

Based on data from the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), this figure is up from 48 people last Saturday (24/10/2020).

“Investigations show that 46 of the deaths were not linked to the flu vaccination,” KDCA said in a statement.

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KDCA added that they had also carried out an investigation into the remaining 13 deaths.

“Of a total of 59 deaths, no cases were associated with anaphylactic shock, a serious allergic reaction that followed immunization,” according to KDCA.

Health authorities, however, say they are closely monitoring any possible link between vaccines and caases of death, given that a total of 1,231 people have reported side effects per week of getting the vaccine this year.

Authorities say they will continue to work with experts to find out what actually caused the deaths of those who received the flu vaccine.

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Public concern over safety flu vaccine has surged after several bottles of vaccine as part of the country’s free vaccination program were exposed to tainted room temperature during deliveries. Authorities, however, said there were no safety concerns over the case.

The free vaccination program – which was expanded this year in an effort to prevent the potential “twindemic” Covid-19 and the flu during winter – is working with five major drug manufacturers, including GC Pharma and Ilyang Pharmaceutical Co.

Generally, flu season arrives between late November and December. Given that flu vaccine causes antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination, experts recommend citizens to get the flu shot in mid-November. (Yonhap/Reuters/Channel News Asia)

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