DPT vaccines sealed after 2 child deaths

After two children reportedly died in Hamirpur and Kullu districts on receiving DPT vaccine injections, the state health department has sealed the batch of the vaccine and sent it for examination to Central Research Institute, Kasauli.

Director Health Services Dr Vinod Pathak said batch number 14037B09 of the vaccine has been sealed across the state and vaccination has been stopped till the report comes in. This year, this is the third case of death reported to have happened after DPT vaccination, confirmed the health department officials.

The latest death was reported on December 13 from Primary Health Centre Bhutti in Kullu district, where a two-month-old girl child died a few hours after being administered the DPT injection.

However, the health authorities are yet to ascertain the exact cause of her death as the child had also been given OBP vaccination on the same day.

The death in Hamirpur district was reported on December 9 from Jharnot Anganwadi centre. The child in this case was vaccinated for DPT and Hepatitis B.

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