SAN MATEO, Calif. (KGO) : The Peninsula Pediatric Medical Group in California is giving media a lot of feed. The case of faulty refrigerator that made the vaccine less effective due to fluctuating temperatures got the hospital at their toes. The essential vaccines affected included Dtap (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough)), 2) Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b), 3) IPV (Polio), 4) Pentacel (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Haemophilus influenzae type b, and Polio), 5) Menactra (meningococcus (meningitis)), 6) RV (rotavirus), 7) Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B, 8) HPV 9 (human papillomavirus), 9) PCV (pneumococcal) and 10) Influenza (flu).
As suggested by Dr. Mark Showen lead physician at the medical office. He has informed all those 1551 families for another vaccine schedule at free of cost. The re-dose will balance the loss of effect caused by the former vaccine without any harm.
The observation by an employee at the California hospital on September 21st helped to control the situation timely. New installations with better supervision and alert alarms have been arranged to avoid further mishaps.
This brings our concern towards another hospital the Palo Alto Medical Foundation that faced a similar incident in May that affected around 4000 patients. A re-vaccination was arranged for these patients too.
Though the situation is under control, the viral spread of awareness has made the doctors ensure a better attendance and safety for patients across the world.