Thursday, November 12, 2009

[NAPLES, FL] H1Wrong1: 77 students given incorrect flu shot:

Posted November 10, 2009 at 11:54 a.m. , updated November 10, 2009 at 5:37 p.m.

NAPLES — Seventy-seven students at the Community School of Naples were mistakenly given the seasonal flu vaccine earlier this week when parents had signed consent forms for their children to receive the H1N1 vaccine, the Collier County Health Department said Tuesday.

The mistake was discovered when staff members at the health department were inputting data into computers at the school clinic Monday and the computers would not accept the lot numbers as correct for H1N1 vaccine, said Dr. Joan Colfer, executive director of the health department.

The vaccine clinic was halted and an additional supervisor was sent to the school to oversee the continuation of the H1N1 clinic for the rest of the school, she said.

The mistake was discovered 10 or 15 minutes after they started administering the shots, said Deb Millsap, spokeswoman for the health department.

After stopping the clinic and checking the vaccine stock, the clinic resumed and 337 students were given the H1N1 vaccine, Millsap said.

The error occurred when nurses were packing vaccine and accidently packed the seasonal vaccine for the school when it was supposed to go to one of the community sites where both the seasonal and H1N1 vaccine are being given to risk groups.

In addition, the six nurses at Community School had not confirmed they had the H1N1 vials in hand before giving the shots to the 77 youngsters, Colfer said.


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