March 11, 2010
by Christina England
A catalogue of horror stories in our newspapers may leave many parents feeling anxious as to whether those vaccinating our children are really fit to do so, especially after one baby became ill after being overdosed with ten times the amount of tuberculosis vaccine.
The baby who is currently being treated in Sheffield children’s hospital in England UK, with antibiotics used to treat tuberculosis is now said to be out of danger.
Dr David Elliman consultant in community child health at Great Ormond Street Hospital told the Telegraph that
“It is not possible to catch TB from the BCG vaccine.”
I find this very difficult to believe considering the fact that this newborn is now being treated with drugs for TB. The law firm Irwin Mitchell is calling for a hospital to investigate why a newborn baby has been left receiving treatment for a potentially serious illness, after it was discovered that it was a junior doctor who prescribed and administered ten times the required dose of a BCG vaccine.
Medical error involving vaccines is not uncommon. Also reported this week is another shocking account of children in Pakistan receiving a batch of out of date vaccines. It transpired that a quantity of expired vaccines for measles was given to children in one area of Pakistan leaving 33 children with adverse reactions. The Daily Times for Pakistan say that the health department staff administered the expired vaccine to the children during the anti-measles campaign and at least 33 children experienced serious reactions such as fainting diarrhoea and skin diseases.