Sedgwick County: Vaccinations for 276 people may be ineffective

09/06/2013 10:33 AM

09/06/2013 10:34 AM

The Sedgwick County Health Department is trying to contact nearly 300 people who received vaccines that were not stored properly, the department said Friday in a news release.

The Health Department said it was notified by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment that vaccines transferred to the county were stored outside of the recommended guidelines. The vaccines that may possibly be affected include Dtap, polio, Pediarix, (combination vaccine of hepatitis B, polio, and Dtap), Pentacel (combination vaccine of Dtap, HIB and polio), meningitis, rotavirus, HPV and hepatitis B.

They were administered between June 13 and Aug. 26 this summer. The Health Department said the effectiveness of some of the immunizations given during that period cannot be guaranteed.

The Health Department is contacting 276 clients who received the vaccines. It is asking them to return to the Health Department for another immunization free of charge.

The Health Department said the improperly stored vaccines are not harmful and there is no risk in repeating the vaccinations.

Anyone with questions can contact the Health Department at 316-660-7300.

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