HK baby dies after undergoing BCG vaccination a day earlier

27-Feb-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM Print This Post

A Hong Kong baby boy died on Tuesday morning after receiving a vaccination a day earlier.

The infant’s parents told police the 18-month-old received the Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine at a maternal and child health centre on Monday.

Officers said they received a report just after 7am on Tuesday from a woman who had found her son unresponsive at their house in Wong Nai Tau Village, Sha Tin.

The child was sent to nearby Prince of Wales Hospital, where he was later certified dead. An autopsy would be carried out to determine the cause, police said. It was not known whether the baby had been suffering from any chronic illness.

The BCG vaccine is used primarily to prevent tuberculosis. According to the Department of Health, it does not guarantee 100 per cent protection but helps localise the infection to the lungs and guards against serious complications.

The vaccine is included in Hong Kong’s Childhood Immunisation Programme, a service offering free vaccines to local children against a number of infectious diseases.


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