Needle phobia blamed as 12 students fall ill after flu vaccination

Focus Taiwan
Date:\ 11/25/2020
By: Chang Ming-hsun, Hsu Chih-wei,
Wu Che-hao and Evelyn Kao

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Taipei, Nov. 25 (CNA) A fear of needles is believed to be the reason 12 students at a vocational high school in Changhua County fell ill shortly after receiving an influenza vaccine last week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Wednesday.

Twelve students at Da Der Commercial and Technical Vocational High School in Changhua became ill after receiving a government- funded flu vaccine on Nov. 19.

The students were examined at a local hospital and four held for further observation after developing a fever and hand tremors, according to Changhua County Public Health Bureau.

According to doctors from the CDC who examined the students, needle phobia can induce extreme anxiety resulting in dizziness and was likely the cause of their reactions, CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said, adding that such symptoms are unrelated to vaccine safety.    [FULL  STORY]

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