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Fatalities Following Flu Vaccines in South Korea Spark Concern

Vaccination concerns grew in South Korea after several people mysteriously died after being administered flu shots during a mass inoculation drive.

Vaccination concerns grew in South Korea after several people mysteriously died after being administered flu shots during a mass inoculation drive.

The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) reported that the casualties died within hours or a day after receiving the shot.

An 82-year-old man was found dead in his home in the central city of Daejeon after getting the shot earlier in the day while a 78-year-old woman was found dead at her home in Gochang after receiving her shot a day earlier.

The two most recent cases are a man in his 70s, who had Parkinson’s disease, and a 17-year-old boy from the western port city of Incheon.

The KDCA explained that no connection has been established between the fatalities and their flu vaccinations and a related investigation is underway.

“We have not found a direct connection between deaths and vaccines, or a relation between adverse effects of flu shots and deaths. Considering no major severe adverse effects have been reported from a specific vaccine, we decided not to stop flu vaccinations,” said KDCA chief Jeong Eun-kyeong.

The KDCA said two deaths out of nine officially reported may be related to anaphylaxis shock and that post mortem examination is needed to determine the actual causes of death. 

There are  8.36 million who received the shots for free so far under the state-sponsored insulation drive which is still far from the 30 million target of the government to prevent overloading their health system amid the COVID-19 pandemic this coming winter.  

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