SALEM: The Salem County-run “Shots for Tots” immunization program has been temporarily shuttered after officials found out atleast five kids had been wrongly immunized – including a 2-year-old boy who got an “excessive dose” of a cervical cancer prevention vaccine, authorities said. Two full-time nurses who ran the clinic have resigned from the county Health Department, and the county prosecutor’s office is reviewing the matter.
Fortunately, none of the children have suffered any adverse health effects so far because of the medical mishaps. But the county has agreed to pay for the children’s medical monitoring costs “for the foreseeable future.” According to officials, the five children visited the clinic between October 2014 and June 2015. The irregularities there came to light during an annual state compliance audit.
A further review found two children were injected with expired vaccines, and a third got a flu mist dose even though the child was under the age recommended to receive the mist.
There is still concern that the 2-year-old who received the Gardasil vaccine for cervical cancer might later suffer neurological effects, officials said.