Dutch find no link between infant deaths, vaccine

AMSTERDAM — The Dutch health authority RIVM said Feb. 23 the deaths of three infants last year were not related to a vaccine produced by U.S. pharmaceutical company Wyeth, now part of Pfizer.

"Careful research showed there is no relation between the vaccine and the deaths," the health authority said in a statement on its Web site.

In November, the RIVM said it had banned use of a batch of Pfizer's Prevnar, or Prevnar, after three infants died within two weeks of receiving the anti-infection vaccination.

In a statement, the RIVM said: "A thorough investigation showed that there is no relation between the between the vaccines and the deaths."

RIVM stated that the batch was part of a bigger lot that is being used in other countries as well.

"In none of these countries there have been reports about deaths after vaccination," it said. The quarantined batch will be released again for usage, it added.