Deaths after swine flu vaccination investigated

Two people in China who received swine flu vaccinations have died in the past week.

At least one death appears unrelated to the vaccine and the other was being investigated, however.

The country’s health ministry reported the deaths last night on its website - the first time China has announced deaths with potential links to the Chinese-made swine flu vaccine.

A post-mortem examination showed one victim suffered a heart attack and, “experts have basically ruled out the possibility that the patient’s sudden death was the result of immediate allergic reactions to the flu vaccines”, the ministry statement said.

Experts were waiting for more lab results, it added.

An autopsy on the second person was scheduled for last night, but no results had been reported this morning.

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