Saturday, February 21, 2009 5:32 PM

Girl hospitalized after a tetanus vaccination

Sat, 02/21/2009 3:41 PM  |  City

DEPOK: A second grader at Islamic elementary school in Depok, Siadiah, 7, was hospitalized after receiving a tetanus vaccination at her school.

"Her condition is worrying. She drools constantly and the skin from neck to thigh looks black," said Ariest Merdeka Sirait, an officer of National Commission for Children Protection, as quoted by Antara, after she visited the girl Friday.

Siadiah's neighbor, Rina Novita, said Siadiah was vaccinated on Feb. 14 at school. The program was organized by the school and the Tugu community health center.

The following day, she got a fever. Her parents bought her over-the-counter medication at nearby kiosk but her temperature did not go down. The parents took her to Tugu health center, which referred her to Medika Hospital on Wednesday.

Hardiono, the head of Depok Health Agency, said Siadiah's skin reddened and then blackened.

He said the symptoms looked like Steven Johnson Syndrome, or severe allergic reaction.

He said his agency could not confirm whether the symptoms were due to the vaccine or not. -JP