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South Korean officials find 'no direct link' between flu vaccine and recent deaths

October 24, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

South Korean health officials have found "no direct link" between flu vaccinations and a spate of deaths of people who had been recently inoculated, they said late Friday.

(CNN)South Korean health officials have found "no direct link" between flu vaccinations and a spate of deaths of people who had been recently inoculated, they said late Friday.

The country's government has rolled out a flu vaccine campaign, concerned about the potential simultaneous spread of coronavirus and influenza.

At least 36 people have died after taking flu vaccinations since last Friday, including a 17-year-old.

The average age of those who died was 74, according to the South Korean Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).

As of Friday, more than 14 million people had gotten the flu vaccine, of which 9. 4 million were children, elderly, and pregnant women, according to the KDCA.

Ki Moran, a professor at South Korea's National Cancer Centre, said the flu vaccine is known to cause serious side effects in one out of 10 million people.

The KDCA decided on Friday not to suspend the flu vaccinations.

In a statement, the Korean Vaccine Society emphasized the importance of the flu vaccine, especially "for children, the elderly, and patients with chronic diseases and low immune system. " The organization cited concerns about the possible spread of flu during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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