Then, earlier this month, 615,000 doses of the flu vaccine sent by another company were also withdrawn, as white particles were found in some of them, which the government said were harmless proteins. About 18,000 people were dosed before the recall.
Officials said none of those reported serious harm, although dozens of people who received the dose reported fever or other minor complaints – which are a common reaction to flu shots. He said that none of the nine people who died had received vaccines.
It resumed on 13 October, after postponing the teen vaccination schedule for three weeks. Three days later, a 17-year-old boy was shot dead in Incheon, west of Seoul. A 77-year-old woman was found dead in her home in Gochung, south of Seoul, on Tuesday after being vaccinated a day earlier. On the same day, an 82-year-old man also died in the central city of Daejeon.
Four of the five people who died on Wednesday were aged between 53 and 89. Two other people have been reported dead, one of which has been released on Tuesday and one on Wednesday.
Officials said nine of those who died, all of whom had previously received flu shots, received vaccines supplied by several different local drug manufacturers.
Seoul National University professor of medicine Kim Jong-gon said, “Since most people who got flu shots with the same vaccine had no major problems, we concluded that those vaccines do not contain toxic materials.” . ” . “We concluded that we could exclude the vaccine as a problem.”
In general, flu vaccines have a good safety record. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the body of scientific evidence for decades “overwhelmingly” supports their safety.