Tetanus vaccine delivered in Alberta community may have been ineffective

Alberta Health Services (AHS) has announced that 131 patients who have been given the TPP vaccine at the Westview Health Center’s emergency department in Stony Plain may have received ineffective treatment. The refrigerator in which the vaccine was stored was not set at the correct temperature.

Only people directly contacted by AHS are considered affected by this problem.

During a routine check on December 29, 2017, it was found that the refrigerator temperature had not been properly recorded, the agency said in a press release.

The vaccine is used to prevent diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough.

The emergency department has vaccinated patients with wounds that may be prone to tetanus.

Although the risk of tetanus infection is very low, AHSs want to inform patients of this surveillance error and recommend that people be immunized again.

Immunizing again does not involve any risk of adverse reactions.

Alberta Health Services in a press release

The organization says there are no consequences for the general public. “We inform the public about this case and our actions in follow-up for the sake of transparency,” he says.

He added that he regrets this situation and is ensuring that proper monitoring is now in place.

In order to protect the privacy and confidentiality of patients, Alberta Health Services will not disclose the names of the patients involved.

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