A 2-year-old girl died on Thursday only three days after receiving the swine flu vaccine in the Rambam hospital in Haifa, despite Health Ministry regulations stating that the vaccine should not be given to children below the age of three who suffer from chronic illnesses.
The infant, who was treated with dialysis and had a pace maker, received the vaccine which contains Adjuvan, an element known to trigger autoimmune diseases, and has yet to be tested on children bellow the age of three as well as pregnant women.
Several countries world wide, such as Canada, have decided not to provide the vaccine to children and pregnant women, and the Health Ministry decide to purchase a vaccine free of Adjuvan which is supposed to arrive in Israel with in the next few weeks.
The infant was taken to the Institute of Forensic Medicine at Abu Kabir for an autopsy, where it was discovered that she had died from kidney failure.
The Health Ministry denied that the death was a direct result of the vaccine.
"There is no evidence pointing at the fact that the vaccine causes death," the Ministry responded.
"Over 65 million people around the world have received the vaccine without suffering from special side effects, including many children," they added.
They added that "the swine flu vaccine has been recommended by the World Health Organization and meets the international safety standards."
This is the third case in Israel so far in which a person has died after receiving the swine flu vaccine.
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