- Hello Jeff - This article caught my attention big time.
It was not simply because several people received blood products contaminated
with Yellow Fever Vaccine which could put the people at risk for contracting
the Yellow Fever Vaccine virus but because it brought to mind the fact
that Baxter released a vaccine contaminated with an experimental flu virus.
- "A major vaccine manufacturer, Baxter, admitted
last year that the company had released a vaccine contaminated with an
experimental flu virus."
- Overlooked Contaminant Found In Donated Blood
- The CDC has reported that, in March 2009, several people
accidentally received blood products with yellow fever vaccine in them.
The investigation documents evidence for transmission of vaccine virus
through infected blood products.
- The mistake was a human error that could have been prevented.
In response, the CDC decided to reissue its guidelines for donating blood.
- It was the CDC, itself, that reported the incident in
the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
- But it should have attracted major media attention, because
it potentially could have had devastating consequences, had all the people
who received the contaminated blood contracted yellow fever, or come down
with any of the side effects associated with the vaccine.
- It's not the first time a human error with a vaccine
has occurred. Some of these mistakes are huge, such as when a major vaccine
manufacturer, Baxter, admitted last year that the company had released
a vaccine contaminated with an experimental flu virus.
- Other mistakes are smaller, but just as serious, such
as what happened last month in Great Britain, when the BBC reported that
59 children were accidentally given adult swine flu shots. The mistake
was discovered when the children began coming down with side effects
- And talk about accidents -- one just occurred in Massachussetts,
when staff members in a school flu vaccine clinic got injected with insulin
instead of H1N1.
- It's no wonder that the International Council of Nurses
lists human error, through mistakes in vaccine preparation, handling or
administration, as the most common errors linked to vaccine safety.
- Patricia A. Doyle DVM, PhD Bus Admin, Tropical Agricultural
Economics Univ of West Indies Please visit my "Emerging Diseases"
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