WHO Denies Link Between Swine Flu Vaccine and Illnesses, Deaths
December 12, 2009
The World Health Organization said on Thursday the H1N1 vaccine had been cleared of blame for 41 deaths which health authorities worldwide had investigated after suspicions they might have been caused by the inoculation.
"Although some investigations are still ongoing, the results of the completed investigations reported to WHO have ruled out that the pandemic vaccine is the cause of death," said Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO's top vaccine expert.
Authorities in China have reported two deaths following inoculation and 15 cases of severe side effects, the WHO said in a statement. "Thorough investigation of these deaths, including a review of autopsy results, determined that underlying medical conditions were the cause of death and not the vaccine," it said of China.
Fewer than a dozen suspected cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome had been reported following pandemic vaccination, she said. "Only a few of these Guillain-Barre may be linked to the pandemic vaccine .... and patients have recovered," she added.