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Over 1000 Upstate children have to be re-vaccinated, says GHS

GREENVILLE, S.C. –More than 1000 Upstate children have to be re-vaccinated, Greenville Health System officials said. The Greenville Health System…

More than 1000 Upstate children have to be re-vaccinated, Greenville Health System officials said.

The Greenville Health System emphasizes that 1,800 children must be re-vaccinated now with an abundance of caution.

Pediatric Associates-Easley and Pediatric Associates-Powdersville will offer free reimmunizations to children who may not have received full doses of any immunizations administered as part of childbirth visits.

A letter was sent to parents of the children GHS says may not have been fully immunized.

GHS believes that very few children actually get less than optimal dosing, but even a child is too many.

GHS has, with extreme caution, offered free reimmunizations to all potentially affected children in both practices. About 1

800 children will require reimmunization.

Only Pediatric Associates offices in Easley and Powdersville are involved.

The two offices will offer free immunization during regular office hours as well as at special aftercare and weekend clinics. Special clinics are scheduled for the first two weeks of December but will go further as needed to ensure that families have access to appropriate times to reimburse their children as soon as possible. Families with potentially affected children were sent with certified and regular letters a week.

Families were invited to contact the practice at 864-855-0001 to schedule reimmunizations or ask questions.

Dr. Robin LaCroix, Medical Director of the Children’s Hospital in Greenville Health System, said the issue was identified by an internal audit and that GHS took urgent action to remedy the situation. An investigation attributed the problem of human error. GHS has taken appropriate follow-up actions, and the group member who gave the current immunization is no longer in practice.

“We are determined to take all the extra steps necessary to ensure that children who have potentially underimmunized receive the right immunization dosage as soon as possible,” says LaCroix.

GHS is not aware of any of the potentially affected children who develop diseases as a result of not receiving full doses of immunizations, LaCroix says.

“We want families to know that their children’s health and safety is our top priority,” says LaCroix. “We apologize for the concerns we have caused and for the inconvenience to re-immunize their children. We will work hard to ensure that all potentially affected children receive full and appropriate immunization in ways that are most appropriate for their families.” [19659015] AlertMe

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