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128 kids died after vaccine in 2010, govt can't say why - The Times of India

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Mainstream news, folks:

128 kids died after vaccine in 2010, govt can't say why - The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/128-kids-died-after...

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That count has risen in the past three years, with 111 such deaths in 2008 and 116 in 2009.

Experts feel the actual number could be even more than what government statistics show. "Many vaccine deaths reported in the media do not find a mention in the government statistics," says Dr Jacob M Puliyel, head of paediatrics at St Stephen's Hospital, Delhi. He says the government doesn't follow the Brighton Collaboration criteria on AEFI deaths adopted by WHO, under which the vaccine should be considered a "probable reason" for death if no other is established.

"The government tries to pass on every death as unrelated to vaccine. It sometimes merely does a culture of the vaccine in question. Just because a vaccine is not found to be contaminated, it doesn't mean the vaccine has not caused the death," says Dr Puliyel.

There is also an ethical issue. "We don't know the exact cause of the deaths and the government is doing nothing to find the cause," says Dr George Thomas, editor of Indian Journal of Medical Ethics. "Whenever there is a vaccination-related death, it's ethically essential for the government to probe and find the reason."

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