Tuesday, December 4, 2007

When Vaccines Go Bad

Each year thousands of children go through the traumatic experience of getting their vaccinations -- flu, tetanus, MMR(V), polio, and cervical cancer (HPV) -- to find out that the vaccine was spoiled (usually by poor refrigeration) and that they need to be revaccinated. Not only is it an economic loss on the order of 20 million each year, but kids run the risk of catching one of these viruses because the vaccines are not strong enough. And God forbid one of these ineffective vaccines revert to the virulent form and cause infection (has never happened before but is entirely feasible). Hospitals, clinics and doctors' offices really need to address this issue by monitoring refrigerator temperatures on a more regular basis.


-Tad Henry

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