Thiruvallur (D)

  • Towards safe vaccinations

    The sudden death of four children after they were administered measles vaccine in primary health centres in Tamil Nadu's Tiruvallur district is a grievous tragedy. That the deaths should occur in a State with a better record of health services delivery at the primary level is ironical. The involvement of the vaccine belonging to the same batch in different health centres seems to indicate problems with quality, which could have occurred at the point of manufacture, d uring transfer or storage.

  • Vaccine recalled, probe ordered

    The Centre has recalled the measles vaccine, after the administration of which four children died in Tamil Nadu's Tiruvallur district on Wednesday. Instructions have been issued to the States to stop the use of this vaccine until further orders, while the manufacturer has been asked to not to make any further supply, Health and Family Welfare Minister Anbumani Ramadoss told journalists here on Thursday. An experts committee would enquire into the causes of the death and submit its report within two weeks. Thereafter action would be taken, he said.

  • Was it due to toxic shock syndrome?

    MEASLES vaccine comes in powder form. It must be used immediately after it is mixed with a fluid, says Dr Jacob John, former professor of the Department of Clinical Microbiology and Virology . Multi-vial doses of these vaccines must be used within four hours; else they will act as a medium for growing bacteria that can secrete toxins, he says.

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