Jab students taken to hospital
Published Date: 30 January 2009
Seven pupils unwell after vaccination
A group of schoolchildren in Luton were taken to
hospital after complaining that they felt unwell
following an injection this morning (January
Seven students from Year 10 at Icknield High
School were taken to the Luton & Dunstable
Hospital as they became ill immediately after
receiving the diptheria, tetanus and polio (Td/IPV)
A statement from NHS Luton said: "All of the
children are recovering. Five of the children
who showed a reaction have now been released
with the final two due to go home this
According to NHS Luton, the vaccine was stopped
as soon as the children became unwell with 72
students having already been vaccinated.
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) was informed
and is currently working alongside NHS Luton to
identify why the children became unwell.
NHS Luton said: "Both the HPA and ourselves
would like to reassure parents that Td/IPV is a
safe vaccine and is routinely used in the
national vaccination programme. There have been
no adverse reactions to this batch of the
vaccine which has been in use since April last
A spokeswoman for the L&D said: "We had a group
of eight school students at the hospital today.
All have been seen and none of them required any
There is no evidence to suggest that any of them
had a severe reaction."
The GPs of all the students involved have been
informed as a precaution.