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Hepatitis B Vaccination Deaths Lead To Decline In Vietnam Infant Program

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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Vietnam has pulled back from vaccinating infants against hepatitis B after a newly inoculated baby died. The Ministry of Health said the child died six hours after it was injected with a vaccine. A provincial health department suspended use of the batch from which the vaccine came and ordered an investigation of the vaccination process. Ten infants have died since 2007 after receiving the vaccine, leading to a sharp drop from more 64.3 percent of babies vaccinated against hepatitis B in 2006 to 23.9 percent in 2008. (Click here for more
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