Three children in Pakistan became critically ill and died a day after they were vaccinated with the measles vaccine in the city of Nawabshah. One the children died at home and the other two children died at the People’s University Medical Hospital (PUMH) in Nawabshah. At least seven other Pakistani children who received the same vaccinations were reported to be in critical condition.1 2
Husnain Brohi, 5, Hania Noor, 6, and nine-month old Qamar Din died on March 4, 2018. News reports have confirmed the names of three of other seven children as Zubair, 5, Jannat, 4, and Tania, 3.2
The parents of the three dead children have reportedly said that a female health worker visited their homes in the Saeedabad area of Nawabshah on March 3 and administered the measles vaccines against their will.2 According to one of the parents:
Their [children’s] condition started deteriorating shortly afterward and we rushed them to the hospital.3
The children were taken to PUMH where they eventually died.3
The health worker is alleged to have failed to act in accordance with protocol by using expired vaccines and storing it in her purse. Police stated that she fled the scene; however, she is now in police custody for further investigation. Police have further stated that the case is not registered as yet but will be when medical records are issued.1
Health officials in Nawabshah have collected blood samples from the bodies of the dead children for testing to try to determine the cause of death.2 The government health minister for the province of Sindh, Dr. Sikandar Mandhro, has ordered in inquiry into the deaths.4
In January, a baby in Kenya died after receiving the measles vaccine and four other babies became critically ill.5 In August 2017, two young girls in India died after they received the measles and rubella vaccine.6 In May 2017, 15 children in South Sudan died after being vaccinated with the measles vaccine.7
2 Memon Z. 3 children die in Nawabshah allegedly after being administered expired anti-measles vaccines. Dawn Mar. 4, 2018.
3 Press Trust of India. 3 children die due to ‘expired’ measles vaccines in Pakistan. Business Standard Mar. 4, 2018.
4 SAMAA Web Desk. Three children die after anti-measles vaccine in Nawabshah. SAMMA TV Mar. 4, 2018.
5 TVR Staff. Kenyan Baby Dies After Receiving Measles Vaccine. The Vaccine Reaction Jan. 22, 2018.
6 La Vigne P. Indian Girls Die Following Vaccinations. The Vaccine Reaction Dec. 12, 2018.
7 TVR Staff. Measles Vaccine Kills 15 Children in South Sudan. The Vaccine Reaction June 2, 2017.