Danish-Made TB Vaccine Sickens 115 Children in Romania
The children had symptoms including swollen lymph nodes and abscesses, and 50 of the 115 children have been hospitalized since March, the Stockholm-based ECDC said, citing Romanian media reports. Romanian Health Minister Raed Arafat said in a televised address yesterday that TB vaccinations would stop until the cause of the side effects is determined.
The vaccine was made by Statens Serum Institut, a Copenhagen-based unit of Denmark’s health ministry, Nils Strandberg Pedersen, the institute’s chief executive officer, said by phone today. Lymph node swelling is a “completely normal” side effect of the bacille Calmette-Guerin vaccine that the institute has made for more than 50 years, Pedersen said.
“Whether the number is above the threshold that is normally seen, I cannot say,” Pedersen said, adding that the institute had received “only a few reports of side effects” so far. “Abscesses are more rare, but also seen as a consequence of the vaccine.”
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