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South Korea deaths ‘not related’ to flu vaccine

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According to a report by BBC, South Korean authorities said that the death of a 17-year-old had nothing to do with the flu vaccine he received not long ago.

There have been some alarms after the flu vaccine in the country resulted in many deaths. At least 32 people died after vaccination.

Health officials said that there is no connection with the national vaccination plan and the plan will continue. So far, 13 million people have been vaccinated.

They hope to prevent a large-scale flu outbreak while the country is fighting Covid.

According to reports, the 17-year-old boy was one of the first deaths after vaccination. Now, the country’s forensic medical institution says it has not found any evidence that the flu vaccine caused his death.

Premier Zhong Xiyun expressed condolences to the families of the victims. It called for a thorough investigation of the exact cause of the death. But he reiterated that vaccines are unlikely to be the cause.

He said: “So far, experts said there was low possibility that the shots and deaths were related but many citizens remain anxious.”

The Korean Vaccine Association also recommended that flu vaccines should continue.

However, the Korean Medical Association of the Health Workers’ Union stated that the government should consider delaying the national plan.

According to the news agency Yonhap News Agency, KMA official Min Yang-ki said: “We agree that flu vaccinations should continue.” “We are not calling the government to completely halt the vaccination, but to temporarily suspend it for about one week to find out the exact cause [of death].”

South Korea hopes that vulnerable groups such as the elderly will be vaccinated against seasonal flu this year.

The flu season usually starts at the end of November. People worry that if it goes on at the same time as the coronavirus pandemic, it will increase the risk of these vulnerable groups. According to Yonhap News Agency, South Korea records about 3,000 influenza-related deaths each year.

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