JE Vaccine Drive: Why in 13 districts of Odisha?

JE Vaccine Drive in 13 Districts of Odisha:

Why 13 districts? JE has been reported from only 4 districts in Odisha. There are other controversies also. Not all cases of encephalitis carry the JE virus. Other sources of encephalitis (more common than JE) are metabolic syndrome, scrub typhus, west nile virus, bacterial infection, parasites, other infectious diseases, malnourishment, pesticide poisoning, and vaccines themselves. What is being done about the other cases? The vaccine contains protamine sulfate, a compound known to cause serious allergic reactions in some people. Recently three deaths have been reported in Myanmar after this vaccine. In India also deaths and severe reactions requiring hospitalization has been reported from Bihar. Is there any screening being done? Will parents be informed about risks and their informed consent taken?

LINKS: Girl, 10, Dies After Being Administered Encephalitis Vaccine

Two children die in Bihar after being administered vaccine against Japanese encephalitis

Two more children in Ayeyawady region were found dead in few days after being vaccinated.A post mortem showed that acute viral infection and damage to gastrointestinal tract heart and kidney caused the death of the two children, according to the release of the ministry.

Five children who died from Encephalitis vaccine came from Pinlaung township in Shan State, Tharbaung and Pathein townships in Ayeyarwady Region, Chanmyae Tharsi township in Mandalay Region and Myoethit township in Magwe Region.

Encephalitis after vaccines:
Post-vaccination Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis ADEM has been associated with several vaccines such as rabies, diphtheria–tetanus–polio,
smallpox, measles, mumps, rubella, Japanese B encephalitis, pertussis, influenza, hepatitis B, and the Hog vaccine.

Vaccine Failure:
In fact, out of the 12 people who were detected to be infected by Japanese encephalitis in Bhogamukh, 11 had been vaccinated. And they are not the only ones.Almost 28% of people in the state who have been infected by Japanese encephalitis had been vaccinated, said Dr Parashee Choudhury, senior medical and health officer at the state’s Infectious Disease Surveillance Program. “There is definitely a problem there too. We need more research to say what exactly is wrong.”

Side Effects of JE Vaccine:
Nervous system side effects have included encephalitis, encephalopathy, seizures, peripheral neuropathy, transverse myelitis, cranial nerve paresis, cerebellar ataxia, behavior disorder, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, and Bell's palsy.