The Korean Disease Management Agency reported on the 26th that as of midnight on the 26th local time, the number of deaths in South Korea after being vaccinated this fall has increased to 59.
However, the Korean Agency for Disease Control said that the causal relationship between influenza vaccination and deaths is very low, so it will not stop influenza vaccination. On the same day, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said that it is necessary to continue to expand the scope of influenza vaccination.
According to data released by the Korean Agency for Disease Control on the 26th, as of midnight on the 26th, about 14.68 million people in South Korea had been vaccinated against influenza this fall, of which about 9.68 million were eligible for national free vaccination.
The Korean health department recorded a total of 1,231 post-vaccinations. Cases of abnormal reactions. Among 59 people who died after vaccination, 54 were senior citizens over 60 years old.
The Korean Agency for Disease Control also stated on the same day that it has already completed the investigation and analysis of 46 people who died after flu vaccination, and believes that the correlation between flu vaccination and these deaths is very low , and the investigation of the remaining 13 dead people will continue.
Based on expert judgment, the government believes that there is no need to stop influenza vaccination.
Also on the 26th, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said that this year’s flu vaccination is not just to prevent influenza, but to avoid the simultaneous spread of flu and new coronaviruses. Therefore, South Korea “it is necessary to continue to expand the scope of flu vaccination.”
Moon Jae-in said that people do not need to be “overly concerned” about the safety of vaccines, and the South Korean government will provide free vaccination services to more people.
In view of the multiple deaths after influenza vaccination in South Korea, Singapore’s health department issued a statement late on the 25th, saying that although Singapore has not reported similar cases at present, for precaution, Singapore has suspended the use of two influenza vaccines used in South Korea.