A regulator in the northeastern province of Jilin, where Changsheng is based, revealed last week that the company had last year sold 252,600 substandard DPT vaccines
to inoculate children against diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus.
Dr Al Mousawi said while the DPT vaccine
has dramatically cut down the risks of disease and death among children, exposing them to even a very small amount of these serious infections can cause side-effects.
``Daniel had the DPT vaccine
at three months old, at the time we were living in London and he was treated by our GP.
Both had received their first dose of the DPT vaccine
. If you remember, this vaccine is given several times during the first 18 months of life with boosters required periodically throughout childhood.
Such a favorable determination would have supported a finding that Andrew's injuries were caused by his DPT vaccine
. Nevertheless, the unbridled discretion afforded the special masters and criticized in this Note facilitates these inconsistencies.
"None of us knew each other but each of us knew we wanted to find out the truth about the DPT vaccine
and help other parents protect their children from being hurt like ours were."
Fine mentioned that the highly effective DPT vaccine
for whooping cough is no longer manufactured due to liability concerns.
In reviewing existing data, the panel found a link between the pertussis component of the DPT vaccine
and anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction.
For those of us old enough to remember the devastating effect of diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus before the diphtheriapertussis-tetanus vaccine virtually wiped out these childhood diseases, the routine administration of DPT vaccine
to our infants at ages 2,4 and 6 months, with boosters at 18 months and again when first entering school, was a blessing for which we parents were deeply grateful.
A case of metastatic melanoma was reported in 2013 to have disappeared in a patient after receiving DPT vaccine
. DPT had been reported in 2011 to have an in vitro effect against melanoma.
The DPT vaccine
(diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) should be given in five doses at two, four, six, fifteen to eighteen months, and four to six years old.