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WICHITA, Kansas — The Sedgwick County Health Department says a number of routine immunizations for children were compromised.
The state discovered a vendor did not store the vaccines properly before they were transferred to Sedgwick County and now health officials are questioning whether the shots were effective.
“I’ve been at the health department for over nine years and this has not happened under the tenure I’ve been here,” said J’Vonnah Maryman, preventive health division director for Sedgwick County Health Dept.
It’s a recall affecting two months worth of vaccinations.
“That’s pretty scary,” said Shawn Bryant, concerned parent. “I did not know that.”
The Sedgwick County Health Dept. issued the recall after 276 clients, mostly school age children received vaccines that the state found was stored outside of temperature guidelines.
“When there is any recall there is a sense of worry that goes along with that,” said Maryman. “People want to know how they are impacted so we’re making sure we let parents know that the vaccines they received we’re not harmful.”
The routine vaccines include DTaP, polio, and rotovirus.
The shots were given between June 13th and August 26, 2013.
“We want to make sure that we get those kids back in,” said Maryman. “We want to make sure they’re protected.”
The health department received the batch of vaccines from a third party who was responsible for storing the vaccine and making sure it met all safety and quality control regulations, but the improper handling isn’t sitting well with some concerned parents.
“You want to make sure that your kids are getting the right vaccinations because they have to have them,” said Bryant.
Shawn Bryant argues someone needs to be held accountable for a mistake that could have easily been prevented.
“Something needs to be done about that,” said Bryant. “I would as a parent not get my kids vaccinated. You don’t know whether to get them vaccinated or not get them vaccinated.”
The health department sent a letter home to parents letting them know about what happened.
They’re asking parents to return to the clinic with their child to get vaccinated again, free of charge.
They say there is no harm in repeating a vaccination.
KSN News attempted to reach out to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for comments about the vendor, but we have not heard back.
If you have any questions please call (316) 660- 7300.