EUGENE, Ore. — A Eugene mother is frustrated to find out a number of her son’s vaccinations may have been ineffective.
The Oregon Immunization Program conducted site visits back in 2009 and found that many large clinics in the Eugene and Springfield area had refrigeration problems. Eugene Pediatric Associates says it recently learned it was on that list.
Jennifer Cooper says she has worked hard to get her 5-year-old son, Paul, up to speed on his vaccinations.
That’s why a letter from Eugene Pediatric Associates threw her for a loop.
“At first I was really concerned because he’s in public school and he has been exposed to many things,” said Cooper. ”If he is not vaccinated properly, he could be contracting those things.”
The letter informed her that at different times from 2008 until 2010 vaccines from the clinic were potentially ineffective and that some need to be retaken.
“My biggest frustration that if the tests were done in 2009, my son’s current doctor’s office says they knew in 2010 and it’s 2013, and I just found out yesterday, and that seems like a large gap in time to me,” said Cooper.
“The total number for our clinic is less than 300, so it’s a small number. But of course we don’t ever want to have to tell parents your child my have gotten a vaccine that that was potentially subpotent,” said Dr. Pilar Bradshaw with Eugene Pediatric Associates.
The actual number is likely around 140 children who need to have their histories reexamined.
The Oregon Immunization Program found the clinics refrigerators temperature monitoring system was not adequate to prove the refrigerator stayed within specified temperatures at all times. The clinic says nothing harmful was ever injected into the children.
“We bought a new $10,000 fancy computer monitored refrigerator that has continued notification if there is any fluctuation in temperature,” said Dr. Bradshaw.
Cooper isn’t wasting anytime her son’s new vaccinations. “He has had his first set of vaccines. Now he got seven vaccines this morning and three shots,” said Cooper.
“We don’t want any kid to have to be re-vaccinated for anything,” said Dr. Bradshaw.
But the clinic says it will re-vaccinate at no charge to the families.
The dates for the potentially ineffective vaccines were given between Aug. 18, 2008 through March 31, 2009 and also, July 15, 2009 through Jan. 5, 2010.