Patients Recalled Over Jab Fears

Ineffective vaccines

30.06.2008

30/06/2008

More than 2,000 patients have been recalled by a Wolverhampton GP practice over fears ineffective vaccines may have been given for up to 20 years.

An inquiry was launched in January after a health worker noticed a fridge door was left open where vaccines were stored at Bushbury Medical Centre. Wolverhampton City NHS Primary Care Trust immediately halted vaccinations at the practice's two surgeries, the Bushbury Medical Centre and the Wednesfield Medical Centre.

Patients are being traced so they can be offered fresh vaccinations. The search for patients dates back to 1987 when the Bushbury Medical Centre opened.  Those recalled include 1,241 people who had childhood immunisations against diseases such as tetanus and diphtheria and 600 people given the pneumococcal vaccine.

Dr Adrian Phillips, director of Public Health in Wolverhampton said We cannot be sure that all the vaccines administered to all the patients, all of the time, have been effective

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