Hundreds of children in South Carolina require re-immunization

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Friday, November 30, 2018

CNN -- If you're a parent you know how stressful taking your child to the pediatrician to get shots can be on both you and the child.

So imagine finding out you have to take your child back to get the same vaccination again because someone at the doctor's office messed up.

That's what's happening this week for nearly 2,000 families in South Carolina.

About 1800 letters from the Greenville Health System went out to families this week, saying due to a human error, their child may not have received full doses of some vaccines.

"We are just so apologetic for this inconvenience and we've tried to make things easier for the families to get in," said Dr. Robin Lacroix

GHS is offering free re-vaccinations to those children during regular office hours, as well as during special after hours and weekend clinics at the two practices affected, Pediatric Associates in Easley and Powdersville.

Dr. Robin Lacroix, who's the medical director of the Children's Hospital believes only a few children actually received insufficient dosing.

"We wouldn't want any child to contract a vaccine-preventable disease and so that was the reason that it was out of extreme caution that we really cast this very wide net to re-immunize these children," said Lacroix.

GHS does not know of any patients who got sick because of the slip-up.
Dr. Lacroix says she can't go into details about the human error that caused the issue because it is a personnel matter.

However, a statement from GHS says the team member who provided the immunizations in question is no longer with the practice.

"It's a wide range of ages and a wide range of vaccines," said Lacroix.

Dr. Lacroix says revaccinating these kids is safe even if they received an adequate dosage to begin with.

"CDC has recommended if you can't verify and know that somebody has had adequate immunization protection, then you should just start over with them," said Lacroix.

A spokesperson from the Department of Health and Environmental Control said in a statement they are aware of the situation, and they support GHS' efforts to make sure children are up to date on their vaccines.