Problem affects 5,000 vaccine doses in Connecticut

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP/WTNH) — A Connecticut medical practice says a storage problem may have reduced the effectiveness of 5,000 doses of vaccines that were given to more than 3,800 patients in the state since last year and those people may have to get revaccinated.

Hartford HealthCare Medical Group announced Friday that it recently discovered the vaccine doses may have been stored at the wrong temperatures long enough to render them potentially ineffective. The doses included vaccines for a variety of ailments including the flu, pneumonia, tetanus and pertussis.

The doses were given at the medical group’s locations in Enfield, West Hartford, Storrs and the Unionville section of Farmington. Patients are urged to contact their doctors.

LINK: Vaccine info at Hartford HealthCare Medical Group

The medical practice says the questionable doses pose no harm to patients, but it likely will recommend revaccinations. In a statement the group said:

Hartford HealthCare Medical Group is reaching out to every patient who received an ineffective vaccine to answer questions and offer appointments to receive the appropriate vaccination, if indicated, at no charge to patients.

We are asking patients to contact their primary care providers for further information. In addition, patients and family members may call our hotline at (877) 707-4442. It is staffed by qualified clinicians who can answer patient questions related to this issue and can arrange for patients to have follow-up calls with providers.

 

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