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Springfield Health Center Clinic Vaccines May Not Be Effective

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Vaccine stored in a Springfield Health Center clinic refrigerator between July of 2005 and May 1, 2007 was not within recommended temperature ranges to assure viability and effectiveness.

The problem was identified during a state immunization program review of vaccine storage and management. Although these vaccines were not harmful they may not provide the patients vaccinated, including many children, with full immunity and therefore cannot be guaranteed effective. The Springfield High School Health Center is the only clinic affected.

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Community Health Centers of Lane County is advising that all children and adults who received vaccines from the Springfield Health Center clinic from July 1, 2005 to May 1, 2007 to call the clinic to determine if revaccination is necessary. If revaccination is necessary, Community Health Centers of Lane County will offer the vaccination free of charge. Anyone needing to be revaccinated will be given top priority.

"When the vaccine temperature concern was identified, we put new system checks in place to assure correction of the problem," said Selene Jaramillo, coordinator for the Springfield site. "We are now predominantly concerned with informing our affected patients and getting them revaccinated if necessary. We would like to encourage people to contact us to assess whether or not they need revaccination. We sincerely regret any inconvenience this situation will cause our patients. We have set up new operating procedures that ensure the safety of our current and future vaccine stock, and that truly prevent this from happening again."

Approximately 500 children and adults may need revaccination. The vaccines include those for diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (or DTaP, TDap Td); polio (or IPV); hepatitis A and B; and pneumococcal vaccine (or Prevnar) The clinic has mailed notification letters to affected families.

The Springfield Health Center continues to work closely with Lane County Public Health and the Oregon Department of Health Services Immunization Programs to complete this process. Both county and state public health services support the efforts of the Community Health Centers to provide recommended immunizations to all members of our community.