5 suffered muscle-wasting disease after flu vaccination
Monday, November 18, 2002 at 08:43 JST
TOKYO — Five people in Japan suffered Guillain-Barre syndrome — a disorder of progressive muscle weakness — after receiving influenza vaccinations between January 2000 and April 2002, health ministry officials said Sunday.
The officials said the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry ordered the pharmaceutical companies making the vaccines to clearly state the disease as a possible adverse effect of the products, even though only five people suffered the acute disease during the last two years. (Kyodo News)