72 deaths in South Korea not tied to recent flu vaccinations, country continuing with inoculation program
'After reviewing death cases so far, it is not the time to suspend a flu vaccination program since vaccination is very crucial this year, considering ... the COVID-19 outbreak,' Jeong Eun-Kyung, director of the KDCA, said during a briefing this week.
have reported adverse side effects.Despite a rise in public concern, the agency has stated that it does not plan to suspend its public immunization program, and urges citizens to continue getting vaccinated."After reviewing death cases so far, it is not the time to suspend a flu vaccination program since vaccination is very crucial this year, considering ... the COVID-19 outbreak," Jeong Eun-Kyung, director of the KDCA, said during a briefing this week.
Medical workers of the Korea University Hospital receive a flu vaccine at Korea University Hospital on October 27, 2009 in Seoul, South Korea. This year, 72 people have died following the flu vaccination in South Korea.Chung Sung-Jun/GettyNewsweek subscription offers >
The KDCA reported that the vaccinations associated with deaths had come from seven different companies. The spike in fatalities prompted health officials in Singapore to temporarily halt vaccinations from two companies—one produced by South Korean company SK Bioscience, and the other by the French multinational Sanofi—according to the
South China Morning Post.Though there have been no fatalities reported in Singapore, health authorities say they are pausing vaccinations for precautionary reasons.In the U.S., the CDC estimates that influenza has resulted in 45 million illnesses, between 140,000 and 810,000 hospitalizations, and between 12,000 and 61,000 deaths annually since 2010.
This season, at least 150 million doses of the flu vaccination have been distributed, and there have been no safety concerns or deaths linked to vaccinations so far, according to the CDC."Flu vaccines have been used safely in the United States for decades, with millions of doses given each flu season," the agency wrote on its website, stating that it will continue to monitor the situation in South Korea closely.
Newsweekreached out to the CDC for additional comment, but did not receive a comment in time for publication.On Monday,South Korean President Moon Jae-in urged citizensto"Please trust the health authorities to review the conclusions and presentations made with experts."
"It is confirmed that there is no direct causal relationship between death and vaccination as a result of examinations and comprehensive judgments such as autopsy on cases reported so far." Read more: Newsweek »
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