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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Parents' horror as they are told to test their infants for HIV after flu vaccine mix-up - 14th Apr 2011

The parents of children vaccinated at a Colorado clinic have been told to test their infants for HIV after a mix-up by a medical assistant.

Vaccine syringes were shared between children receiving their paediatric flu shot, the Med Peds Clinic of Fort Collins has revealed.

Now terrified parents are being told to test their children for blood-borne diseases such as HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.

The mix-up came after the medical assistant halved the amount of vaccine given to each child, assuming it was an adult dosage.

In fact it was a pre-measured amount suitable for children.

Because children are supposed to receive two doses of the vaccine, the assistant then removed the used needle from each syringe and replaced it with a sterile needle - but did not replace the syringe, still half full of vaccine.

Instead, the assistant stored the used syringes in a box marked 'second doses'. that box also contained unused, fully-filled paediatric vaccines.

When the children, aged six to 35 months, returned to the clinic, some of the half-used vaccines were inadvertently used on them. Read More