Asymptomatic Carriers of Diphtheria Identified in Canadian School

Asymptomatic Carriers of Diphtheria Identified in Canadian School

Story Highlights A case of diphtheria has been confirmed in an elementary school in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Three other people, who are asymptomatic carriers of the bacterial disease have been identified and are being treated in isolation. The diphtheria vaccine is only available as a combination vaccine (DT, Td, DTaP, Tdap) and its effectiveness wanes over […]

Baby Girl in India Dies Day After Getting the Pentavalent Vaccine

Baby Girl in India Dies Day After Getting the Pentavalent Vaccine

A four-and-a-half-month girl died in India on June 15, 2019 a day after she was given the “five-in-one” pentavalent vaccine (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenzae type B) at a rural child care center in the village of Kudluru, India.1 2 Soon after she was vaccinated, the baby developed a fever. When the […]

North Carolina Pharmacists Now Can Give Flu Shots to Younger Children

North Carolina Pharmacists Now Can Give Flu Shots to Younger Children

North Carolina’s Governor Roy Cooper signed legislation (HB 388) into law that allows children over 10 years of age to receive the influenza vaccine at local pharmacies without being required to see a pediatrician and without a prescription. The law takes effect on Oct. 1, 2019.1 2 The minimum age at which a child is […]

Infant Boy in India Falls Unconscious and Dies After Vaccination

Infant Boy in India Falls Unconscious and Dies After Vaccination

A one-month-old boy died in Telangana, India on May 11, 2019 shortly after being vaccinated at a rural child care center in the town of Kamareddy. The child’s parents said that the baby became unconscious after receiving the vaccine and they subsequently took him to a private nursing home where physicians there declared him dead […]