Sunday 19 November 2017

Hundreds get wrong dose of flu vaccine

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

Hundreds of adult patients who were given too low a dose of the flu vaccine by pharmacists are to be recalled to receive a booster jab.

The 485 patients received a child's dose from pharmacists, who were given wrong information on how to administer the vaccine.

The alert comes as it was confirmed the flu has officially arrived in Ireland this winter after two patients were diagnosed with the illness.

The HSE said those who received the child's dose were not adequately vaccinated and should get the second dose.

Pharmacists across the country were given permission for the first time last month to give the vaccine to private patients and medical card holders over the age of 65. Around 1,500 pharmacists went on an accredited training course given by Hibernian Healthcare.

Darragh O'Loughlin, spokesman for pharmacists, said Hibernian Healthcare has since contacted all pharmacists involved in the course and confirmed that 485 patients received the child's dose.

They will now be asked back for a booster shot. Mr O'Loughlin said there is no danger to patients in having the second injection.

"The pharmacists involved are furious. They were following the instructions they received at the training," he added.

Irish Independent

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