A seven-month-old infant boy died on July 7, 2020 within hours of receiving the live attenuated oral polio vaccine (OPV) in Palghar, India. The baby was given one dose of the OPV drops in the evening and was found dead the following morning by his parents.1 2 3
According to a news report, government welfare tribal committee chairman Vivek Pandit wondered, “How the healthy child died after vaccination?”1
On Sept. 5, 2019, two-month-old Priyanka Biswal died a day after receiving OPV and the pentavalent (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenzae type B) vaccine at a community health center (CHC) in Naranapur, India.4
A report by the Orissa Post noted, “after intake of the polio drops, the child’s condition deteriorated on the way back home.” She developed a fever and was taken to the CHC where she was declared dead.4
In June 2018, a two-month-old baby and three-and-a-half-year-old child died hours after receiving OPV and pentavalent vaccines at community health centers in Chinhat and Indasai, India.5
1 Palghar: Tribal infant dies probably after polio vaccination. United News of India July 8, 2020.
2 PTI. Infant dies after taking polio vaccine in Maharashtra’s Palghar. The New Indian Express July 8, 2020.
3 PTI. Maha: Infant dies after taking polio vaccine in Palghar. Business Insider India July 8, 2020.
4 TVR Staff. Infant Girl in India Dies Day After Receiving Oral Polio and Pentavalent Vaccines. The Vaccine Reaction Sept. 11, 2019.
5 TVR Staff. Infant Boy in India Falls Unconscious and Dies After Vaccination. The Vaccine Reaction June 27, 2019.
6 Vaccine Schedule IIT Kanpur Health Center.
7 Immunization. Vikaspedia.