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Four months old twin girls lost their lives 22 hours after receiving the pentavalent vaccine (immunity against haemophilus influenza type B, whooping cough, tetanus, hepatitis B and diphtheria) in Bengaluru. The parents claimed that vaccinations administered were of substandard quality, which led to their death.
Dr Sudharshan, immunisation officer, health department, BBMP, issued a statement saying that government officials visited the health centre were they ad been vaccinated and collected the vials. (Here are 10 vaccines recommended for your child)
Seven other children were vaccinated using the same vial and they did not face any complications. The vaccines were not substandard or expired, he said, further adding that effects of substandard vaccines usually show within the first hour. The pentavalent vaccine has been in use since 2014 and has a shelf life of two years.
The bodies were sent to Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences for postmortem for which the report is yet to come. As a precation, we have advised the health center not to stock any vaccines till the investigations are completed, said Raghuram Bhandari, drug controller, Karnataka. (Here's everything you need to know about hepatitis vaccine)
A senior officer of the jurisdictional Byatarayanapura police station said that they are not ruling out anything and have registered a case of unnatural death of the twins.
Lunesh, father of the twins, said the doctors had said that the babies would experience pain and fever post the vaccination. The twins did not sleep the whole night and died the next day.
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