4 Infants Die after Vaccine Shots, 17 Ill
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15 March 2010
By Suchandana Gupta
Four infants aged below two years died and 17 children fell ill after they were administered an antimeasles and tetanus vaccine at Anganwadi centres in Damoh town, in Madhya Pradesh.
Around 20 infants were administered the vaccine at two Anganwadi centres in Damoh on Friday afternoon. By Sunday afternoon, four of these infants were dead while the others had been admitted to a local hospital in a critical condition. Preliminary investigation by district health officials revealed that the tragedy was caused due to the negligence of a nurse.
The district administration has suspended all vaccination programmes and instructed health officials to stop further immunisation until the investigation into the incident was complete.