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Immunization Error Means More Shots for Nearly 2,000 South Carolina Children

We depend on health professionals to give us correct information, and give us the proper care. After all, they are the ones with the education and training. We have no choice but to blindly trust them.

But what happens when health care professionals don’t pay close attention, and/or don’t give us the proper care? We have to hope that the error is caught, and corrected, if possible.

This is exactly what happened recently at two pediatrician offices in upstate South Carolina.

Parents of 1,800 children (aged two months to teenagers) recently immunized at Pediatric Associates-Easley and Pediatric Associates-Powdersville were notified in November that their children may not have gotten the full dose of immunization to prevent some common childhood illnesses. Both pediatrician practices, part of Greenville Health Systems (GHS), will be offering free re-immunization to the affected children.

Though GHS is not sure how many of these children were actually under-vaccinated, they are not taking any chances, and will re-vaccinate them. A spokesperson for the healthcare network said, “GHS believes that very few children actually received less-than-optimal dosing, but even one child is too many.”

“We’re committed to taking whatever extra steps are necessary to ensure children who could have potentially been under-immunized receive the correct immunization dosing as quickly as possible,” said Dr. Robin LeCroix, medical director of GHS’s Children’s Hospital. “We apologize for any worry we’ve caused and for the inconvenience of re-immunizing their children.”

LeCroix says re-immunization is safe, and that repeat immunizations are common practice in situations where immunization cannot be confirmed.

How did this happen?

All of the 1,800 vaccines were given by the same employee. The incident was reported to the state, and the employee is no longer with the practice, officials said. “The cause was determined to be human error and was discovered through checks that are built into the children’s vaccination program.”(Precision Vaccinations) Specifically how the error happened is still under investigation.

To date, GHS has not been informed of any of the children developing illnesses due to being under-vaccinated.

For information on South Carolina Vaccine Requirements, click here.


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