Thousands Injected with Compromised Flu Vaccine

  • By Bae Jun-yong, Heo Sang-woo

    October 05, 2020 13:32

    Thousands of Koreans were injected with flu vaccines that may have been compromised by exposure to room temperature, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency admitted Sunday.

    The agency said 2,295 people have been injected with flu vaccines which may have been exposed to room temperature under a free annual vaccination drive.

    The agency said earlier that 2,303 people had been mistakenly injected but corrected the number downwards as eight cases in Busan had been misidentified.

    A woman gets a flu vaccination in a hospital in Seoul on Sept. 23. /Yonhap

    Criticism of health authorities for poor management of the glitch is growing since they initially said nobody had been exposed to the compromised vaccines, but the numbers are snowballing to thousands.

    About a dozen have complained of side effects like fatigue, fever and diarrhea.

    The government halted free flu vaccinations on Sept. 22, when the glitch was first discovered.

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