Ogallala, Neb. (Aug. 8, 2016) — Banner Health Clinic in Ogallala, Neb. is notifying 227 patients that 15 types of vaccinations given in the clinic between Feb. 5 and July 14, 2016, may not offer full protection. At issue are variations in temperature in the refrigerator where the vaccines were stored inside the clinic which came to light during a recent internal review.
The clinic is contacting those patients and asking them to get the vaccine again free of charge. No patients were harmed as a result of the initial vaccination and there are no additional health risks associated with receiving the vaccination a second time.
Affected patients range in age from infants to adults.
“We determined that there have been times when the temperature dropped below the level set by the vaccine manufacturers,” said Gabriel Godina, MD, a family medicine physician in the clinic. “Our monitors don’t allow us to see exactly how long the temperature remained at that level, whether it was minutes or hours. The recommendation we received from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and the vaccine manufacturers was to ask our patients to get the vaccine again. We agree with the recommendation and have begun that process.”
The clinic is installing a new refrigerator and freezer with more advanced monitoring and temperature control equipment to prevent similar incidents in the future.
The clinic staff is contacting affected patients by mail and telephone. Anyone with questions is encouraged to call the clinic at (308) 284-3645.
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