WestView Vaccine Deemed Potentially Ineffective

Alberta Health Services are notifying patients who received the dTap vaccine in the WestView Health Centre's emergency room.

Alberta Health services are now notifying 131 patients who visited the emergency department at WestView Health Centre in Stony Plain of a potentially ineffective vaccine provided to them.

As part of an audit on December 29, 2017, it was discovered a vaccine fridge in the emergency department had not had it's temperature monitored properly. This means anyone who received the dTap vaccine could have their treatment deemed ineffective.

The dTap vaccine prevents against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis. Additionally, it is used in emergency rooms for possible tetanus prone wounds.

AHS says the risk of tetanus is still very low, but the patients notified are being told they should consider being re-immunized. They also add only those directly affected will be contacted.

AHS states there is no impact on the general public, but they are informing the public of their follow-up actions for a matter of transparency.

-MU

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