At least 11 infant deaths in China may be linked to vaccination for hepatitis B,
officials said Friday.
The Gansu Provincial Health and Family Planning Committee said a boy in Lanzhou,
the provincial capital, died after receiving a vaccine made by Dalian Hissen
Bio-Pharm Inc. The baby was buried without an autopsy, but officials said the
vaccination could be the cause.
Health officials in Zhejiang province in eastern China said another baby died
Dec. 21, a day after receiving a hepatitis B shot. In that case, the parents
buried the infant without reporting the vaccination at the time.
The parents have now consented to an autopsy, officials said.
Nine other deaths of babies who had just received vaccinations have been
reported since November. Vaccines manufactured by three different companies have
been linked to deaths, but most of the infants had received vaccines made by
BioKangtai of Shenzhen in Guangdong province.