07 Mar '11, 9am

Japan suspends two baby vaccines after deaths

Japan suspends two baby vaccines after deaths

TOKYO : Japan's health ministry has suspended two vaccines made by drugs giants Pfizer and Sanofi-Aventis as it investigates whether the recent deaths of four infants are linked to them. The infants, aged from around six months and under two years old, all died over a three-day period this month after receiving the vaccinations or combinations with other drugs, the health ministry said in a statement. The two drugs -- used to prevent forms of pneumonia and meningitis -- are Pfizer's Prevenar and ActHIB, a drug made by Sanofi-Aventis' Sanofi Pasteur wing. The health ministry reported that three infants younger than two years old died within three days of receiving the two vaccine shots, with two of the children also receiving DPT shots for diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus. A one-year-old died a day after being administered Prevenar and a DPT shot, the ministry said. S...

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