Saturday 20 January 2018

New jab for children in GP vaccination blunder

Elaine Keogh

MORE than three-quarters of the children not properly inoculated against life-threatening childhood diseases have now been re-vaccinated.

The jabs in question were administered at a GP practice in Dublin and in August the HSE sent letters to families attending the practice to advise them of the need to have their children re-vaccinated.

While the number of children re-vaccinated now stands at 331, there are 44 families the HSE has been unable to contact.

This is believed to be the first time health authorities have felt the vaccines were not administered exactly as the guidelines directed.

Some of the children involved are now in their teens, as the error with the vaccines began in the mid-1990s.

The HSE has declined to comment on whether it will offer compensation or whether it has referred the GP in question to the Medical Council.

Irish Independent

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