Flu vaccination ruled out in 4 deaths in Taiwan

29-Oct-2020 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Taiwan’s health authorities on Tuesday (October 27) ruled out influenza vaccination as the cause of death for four seniors who died after receiving a flu jab.

Seeking to allay public fears about the safety of the shots, Central Epidemic Command centre (CECC) head Chen Shih-chung stated at a press conference that the four cases had died of chronic conditions, including cardiovascular disease, and that their deaths are not believed to be related to the vaccine.

On the status of a 51-year-old man in Taichung, who was admitted into intensive care for the rare Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) less than two weeks after getting a flu vaccine, CECC advisory specialist panel convener Chang Shan-chwen said no correlation between the man’s illness and the vaccine had been established yet. More tests would be needed to clarify the issue, CNA cited him as saying.

Around 4.3 million of the government-funded shots had been administered as of Monday (October 26), with 76 cases reported of recipients experiencing adverse reactions, including 25 serious ones. This rate is considered normal and does not necessitate a halt to the programme, Chen pointed out.

The CECC urged people to seek treatment should they exhibit concerning symptoms after being vaccinated, such as sustained fever for over 48 hours, difficulty breathing, or rapid heartbeat.

The Taiwan Centers for Disease Control has cautioned five types of people against getting an influenza vaccine:

-those with a fever or acute or serious health condition

-infants younger than six months old

-those who developed GBS within six weeks after a previous inoculation

-those allergic to eggs

-those advised after a medical assessment not to receive the vaccine

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