Miscarriages after flu vaccine –

Shangai News
Hong Kong

By Li Xinran  |   2010-1-27

AT least seven pregnant women have suffered a miscarriage or fetal deaths after being given the H1N1 vaccine in Hong Kong.

Six had their cases reported to the Center for Health Protection of Hong Kong’s Department of Health including four who had been pregnant for no longer than six months, the Hong Kong-based Wen Wei Po newspaper reported yesterday.

The seventh, a 39-year-old woman, suffered a miscarriage last Thursday at Princess Margaret Hospital after taking the vaccine last month.

She is considering seeking civil compensation, the report said.

The center emphasized that they were still individual cases and there was no plan to stop giving the vaccine.

But the center believed the cases had dented people’s confidence in the vaccine as only 687 people had been vaccinated in the past three days, with just four of them pregnant women.

A spokesman for the center said that so far 354 pregnant women in Hong Kong had tested positive for human swine influenza. One was in a critical condition.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.