Families of three babies who died shortly after receiving their routine hepatitis B vaccine are mourning the loss of their children. The babies, vaccinated in Vietnam under the country’s National Expanded Program on Immunization, died on July 20 in the central province of Quang Tri, according to the report. 
The Vietnamese Health Department has since opted to discontinue the use of two vaccine lots in the entire country to protect other babies from a similar, tragic fate. According to officials, the vaccines were not expired and were properly stored. They were administered by a nurse with over twenty years of experience. 
On July 21, the nation’s health minister, Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, sent her condolences to the families of the deceased infants, ordering vaccine experts to investigate the tragedy. Preliminary investigations have identified anaphylactic shock as the cause of death. The chairperson of the vaccine program has asked parents to “keep calm” and continue vaccinating their children.
Health representatives have conducted damage control with home visits to the grieving parents, paying each family $377 and offering free medical care to the mothers at the hospital where their babies received the deadly vaccinations.
What Do You Know About Hepatitis B?
Have you ever asked your child’s doctor about this disease? Do you know any children who have contracted hepatitis B? Are hepatitis B horror stories ever shared among parents at playgroup after everyone has talked about their child’s sleeping-through-the-night issues?
You probably don’t know any children who have contracted hepatitis B, because this is a grown-up disease, yet newborns are routinely vaccinated against it at birth.
Hepatitis B is a viral infection affecting the liver, and it is only transmitted through direct contact with infected blood or other body fluids. Those at highest risk for contracting hepatitis B are adults between the ages of 20 and 50 who fall into high-risk categories, including men who have sex with men, individuals who have received infected blood through a transfusion, heterosexuals with multiple partners, and healthcare workers who have come into contact with infected blood or body fluids. 
In 2010, there were only 3,374 acute cases of hepatitis B reported in the United States. According to the National Vaccine Information Center’s (NVIC) website, as of March 2012, disturbingly there were over 1500 hepatitis B vaccine-related deaths reported to the federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), some of those classified also as sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). In addition to a high number of deaths, there were a total of 66,654 adverse events reported to VAERS, including but not limited to brain inflammation, convulsions, multiple sclerosis, headaches, irritabililty, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and Guiilain-Barre Syndrome.
Even worse, as we know, many adverse events occurring after vaccination are unreported, one of the main limitations of VAERS, as their website states “VAERS receives reports for only a small fraction of actual adverse events.”