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A 26-year-old Madurai doctor, Hariharini, died due to the complications caused by the COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr. Hariharini died from the anaphylactic shock, which occurred after the pain killer was administered to her.

A viral message on social media linked the death of a medical student, Hari Harini, to COVID-19 vaccination and urged to refrain from using Diclofenac, a pain killer, after getting the vaccine.

Harini had got vaccinated with the first dose of Covishield on February 5, 2021. She developed a fever a month later. Her husband, who is also a doctor by profession, administered the pain killer injection Diclofenac, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat pain and inflammatory diseases. She fell unconscious after vomiting and died in the hospital after six days.

The New Indian Express quoted the District Immunization Officer Dr. KV Arjun Kumar as saying that as per provisional diagnosis, she suffered from brain dysfunction due to inadequate supply of oxygen, which is described as an anaphylactic shock in medical terms, possibly due to the painkiller injected to her body. He ruled out the death due to the COVID-19 vaccination.

According to a World Allergy Organization journal, Anaphylaxis is defined by a number of signs and symptoms, alone or in combination, which occurs within minutes, or up to a few hours, after exposure to a provoking agent. Further, CDC has stated that Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction that rarely occurs after vaccination, typically within minutes to hours.

Based on the above analysis, we can conclude that Harini's death has no link with the COVID-19 vaccination, and the possibility of her suffering aftershock due to the painkiller is greater. A full investigation into her cause of death is underway. Hence we mark the claim as misleading as it has not been established that her death was caused by the COVID-19 vaccination.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.

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