Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) Commissioner Jeong Eun-kyung asked to understand that severe adverse reactions such as'anaphylaxis' or'Guillain-Barae syndrome' occur very rarely after receiving influenza (flu) vaccination on the 26th.

Chung emphasized that in the process of inducing an immune response in the body by antigenic substances, mild adverse reactions such as fever, weakness, and body pain may occur, but disappear after a day or two.

Commissioner Chung said at a briefing at the Central Defense Response Headquarters that day, "a minor local adverse reaction has been reported in about 10-15% of the vaccination sites, such as red swelling or pain."

Chung explained, "Fever, helplessness, headache, and whole body pain can last for a day or two, but it would be nice to understand that there may be exhibited reactions in the process of inducing immunity to some extent."

He added, "Because there is a side where adverse reactions after vaccination are inevitable, the government is operating a system to compensate the public for damages in case of adverse reactions related to vaccination."

According to the Agency for Disease Control and Prevention, anaphylaxis, which is a severe allergic reaction, occurs in 1 in 500,000 to 1 million people vaccinated against the flu, and Guillain-Barre syndrome, which causes paralysis, occurs in 1 to 2 in 1 million people.

Introducing these figures, Commissioner Chung said, "We will clarify the causal relationship between the adverse reactions and take action by scrutinizing the reported adverse reaction cases to determine the extent and severity of severe adverse events (in Korea)."

A total of 1,231 cases were reported as adverse reactions after being vaccinated against the flu at 0 o'clock on that day, of which 59 were death cases.

"I regret it as a quarantine authority" to the continued public concern about the safety of vaccines, and said, "It is necessary to get vaccinations to prevent the flu."

In particular, the Agency for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that elderly people aged 60 or older who have an underlying disease also receive vaccination, and requested that the medical staff fully explain that they have an underlying disease.

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