South Korea urges people to get flu vaccinations despite death tolls – Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea urged people to get immunized against influenza and reduce the possibilities of a break out that corresponds with the fight on the coronavirus, as it began totally free shots for the last qualified group.

Reporting by Sangmi Cha; Editing by Miyoung Kim and Clarence Fernandez.

Last year, more than 1,500 senior individuals died within 7 days of getting influenza vaccines, however those deaths were not linked to the vaccinations, the federal government said.
As South Korea presses on with its inoculations, southeast Asias tiny city state of Singapore ended up being one of the very first countries this week to call a temporary stop to the use of two influenza vaccines, as a preventative measure.
Singapore has reported no deaths linked to flu vaccinations.

FILE PHOTO: A male gets an influenza vaccine at a branch of the Korea Association of Health Promotion in Seoul, South Korea, October 23, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File PhotoPublic anxiety over the security of flu vaccines has surged after a minimum of 48 people died this month following vaccinations, while, last month, about 5 million dosages had actually to be disposed of after not being stored at suggested temperatures.
Authorities have said they discovered no direct link in between the deaths and the flu shots and have sought to reassure South Koreans about the safety of the vaccines versus flu, a disease that kills at least 3,000 each year.
” Vaccination provides far higher benefits compared to adverse effects, and both the WHO and domestic and overseas experts concur,” Health Minister Park Neung-hoo informed a rundown on Sunday, in a reference to the World Health Organization.

South Korea bought 20% more influenza vaccines this year to fend off the possibility of what it calls a “twindemic” of concurrent major flu and coronavirus outbreaks in winter season.
A minimum of 1,154 instances of adverse responses have been reported from among more than 9.4 million individuals inoculated because the effort began in September.
( Interactive graphic tracking global spread of coronavirus: here).