16 Children Hospitalized After Taking Hepatitis B Vaccine

16 Children Hospitalized After Taking Hepatitis B VaccineAfter being injected the Hepatitis B vaccine at a health camp in Totapada village, 30 km from Bhubaneswar, at least 16 children fell ill and were taken to hospital.

The health camp was organized by an NGO ‘Naibedya.’

Out of the 50 children who were given Hepatitis B vaccine, sixteen children suddenly fell ill and were admitted to district headquarters hospital of Khurda after they complained of vomitting and head reeling.

The police officials said that three activists of the NGO were in custody for interrogation.

Dr. Bhaskar Kar of Khurda District Headquarters hospital stated, “Sixteen children were admitted to the hospital and many others were allowed to go home after observation.”

He also said that the vaccine might have lost potency owing to lack of proper preservation.

Bikram Keshari Jena, the inspector-in-charge of Khurda police station said that all the infants were out of danger.

Instructions were also given to seize the vaccine with the NGO.