Friday, September 6, 2013
Parents of 276 Sedgwick County children will soon be receiving a letter encouraging them to have their children re-immunized.
The Sedgwick County Health Department said Friday vaccines administered to children between June 13 and Aug. 26 may have been ineffective.
Health Department Director of Preventative Health J'Vonnah Maryman said the department was informed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Aug. 26 that an outside entity stored the vaccines at temperatures outside of the recommended guidelines. Maryman said the health department cannot guarantee the effectiveness of the vaccines.
Parents of children affected can return to the Sedgwick County Health Department, 2716 W. Central, to repeat the immunizations free of charge. Maryman said the improperly stored vaccines were not harmful and there is no harm in repeating vaccinations.
Kansas Department of Health and Environment Spokeswoman Miranda Steele said no other county health departments in Kansas received the affected vaccines. KDHE declined to identify the supplier that improperly stored the vaccines.
The vaccines the health department believes were affected include Dtap, Pediarix, Pentacel, Meningitis, Rotavirus, HPV and Hepatitis B.
Parents who have any questions are asked to call the health department at 316-660-7300.