Mother in shock as newborn baby given vaccine meant for one-year-old

2015-11-11 11:38

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Pietermaritzburg - A Pietermaritzburg mother was shocked to discover that her newborn baby had received a vaccination dose meant for a one-year-old.

Amelia Anandham, HR manager at The Witness, said she was stunned when a doctor from the Mediclinic hospital called her and told her that her newborn baby, along with 16 other newborns, had all been given a vaccination that was double the dose meant for a newborn.

“I am a new mother, which is already a new experience for me, and when the doctor phoned to say my baby had been given a dosage meant for a one-year-old I had the fright of my life.”

Anandham said the doctor reassured her that there would be no side-effects and that the hospital had already begun an investigation into how the error could have occurred.

Medi­clinic South Africa chief clinical officer and head of the investigation Dr Stefan Smuts said yesterday that although the higher dose would have no adverse effects on the babies, the investigation was being treated very seriously.

“Unfortunately, it was an error on our part and it will be investigated thoroughly,” he said.

“Our newborns and their care are of the highest priority and … we have consulted with paediatric specialists, the company who supplied us with the vaccine and the babies’ paediatricians on the double dosage.

“They have all said there should be no side-effects beside the usual such as localised swelling and a few pimples.”

Smuts said if parents were concerned and wanted their babies examined, Mediclinic would cover the costs of the appointment.

He said the clinic apologised for the error and vowed the incident would be fully investigated.

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