Vaccine policy changed after recall in Sedgwick County

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WICHITA, Kansas — The Kansas Department of Health and Environment have increased their efforts making sure vaccine records for a federal program are looked at extra closely.

This comes after the Sedgwick County Health Department issued a recall when a supplier was found not storing 276 vaccines at the right temperature.

DTaP, Meningitis, Hepatitis B, Polio, and Rotavirus are some of the vaccines most school kids will receive.

Some of these shots were given at the Sedgwick County Health Department between June 13th and August 26th.

But weeks later, the state realized a batch of 276 vaccines were not stored at the right temperature by a supplier, meaning the vaccines may not have been effective.

KSN News looked deeper into the case and was told by KDHE Director of Communications Miranda Steele that the vaccines are part of a federal program called Vaccines for Children.

The program helps to provide vaccines to children of low-income families.

KSN News learned that the Sedgwick County Health Department was running low on supplies and requested more vaccines for the program.

KDHE is required to approve the transfer of vaccines from one location to another and they must look back on two months of records to make sure the vaccines meet safety and quality control regulations.

But after the latest mix up the state has decided to look deeper, pulling six months of records on the vaccines to ensure they are safe and effective to use before transferred.

Because of what the state calls a human error, the Sedgwick County Health Department is asking parents to bring their children back to the clinic to get vaccinated again.

They argue there is no harm in getting re-vaccinated.

KDHE says the supplier in this case was not cited or fined because the state doesn’t have such policy.

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