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S. Korea slightly revises down number of people injected with mishandled flu vaccines

All News 20:04 October 04, 2020

SEOUL, Oct. 4 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's health authorities on Sunday slightly revised down the number of people who have been injected with flu vaccines that may have been exposed to room temperature, after local governments provided confirmed data.

The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) had reported that 2,303 people received the potentially defective flu vaccines as of last Friday, but the number was revised down to 2,295.

The number "slightly declined because some local governments corrected the data," the KDCA said.

The number of people who have reported abnormal reactions, such as a fever and chills, stood at 12, unchanged from the previous day.

Last month, the KDCA temporarily halted its plan to offer free seasonal flu shots after some of about 5.78 million doses of flu vaccines were partially exposed to temperatures outside the storage range.

Inactivated vaccines should be stored in a refrigerator, and exposure to room temperature could result in decreased vaccine potency and increased risk of vaccine-preventable diseases.

But the safety of those vaccines exposed to room temperature has yet to be determined.

S. Korea slightly revises down number of people injected with mishandled flu vaccines - 1


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