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Fears grow in S. Korea over suspected flu shot deaths

Fears grow in S. Korea over suspected flu shot deaths

독감 백신 접종 사망 케이스늘면서 시민 불안감 확산


Concerns over the safety of seasonal flu shots are mounting here after more potential flu shot fatalities were reported Wed. This is putting health authorities in hot water amid their push to curb the 'twindemic'.


So far, five people have died after receiving flu vaccines under the state-led free flu shot scheme this year, although no evidence has been found to show those deaths are linked to flu shots.


As of Tuesday, 8.3 million people had received free flu shots under the state-run program.


According to the health authorities, a 68-year-old man on the country's southern resort island of Jeju(제주) and a 78-year-old man in Daegu(대구) have died after getting the shots.


In total, there are 9 cases of fatalities reported related to the flu shots.


The health officials said they are investigating whether there is any causality between their deaths and flu vaccines, noting that both men had underlying diseases.


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