Following death of a six-year old boy after being injecting an anti-rabies vaccine (ARV) in Karnal on Wednesday, the state health department has alerted all civil hospitals to temporarily discarding using a particular vaccine.
The incident took place at Karnal Civil Hospital and doctors term it a case of vaccine reaction.
The Karnal civil surgeon Dr Shiv Kumar told HT that the vaccine AbhyaRab manufactured by Human Biological Institute, Tamil Nadu has been put out of use.
The vaccine is widely available at all government hospitals and following suspicion of the quality, its use is suspended with immediate effect.
"The vaccine stock in Karnal has been sealed and the civil surgeons across the state have been informed telephonically to stop using the vaccine till it gets quality clearance," said the CMO.
Dr Kumar said that the patient from Panipat was undergoing treatment at local the civil hospital. After being bitten by a stray dog in Panipat, the doctors recommended him to undergo a treatment of five ARVs in a row.
"The patient was administered the same vaccine on three early occasions and he responded well. But, today being administering the ARV, his condition deteriorated suddenly at the hospital. Despite best efforts by a team of doctors attending on him, the patient died within 20 minutes of administrating the vaccine," said the CMO.
The district drug controller Parvinder Malik confirmed in the evening that the Human Biological Institute ARV has been sealed and samples would be sent to the Central Research Lab, Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh.
Meanwhile, the aggrieved parents did not lodge any complaint and refused to get the postmortem done on their ward.