Report: Walgreens Gave Wrong Flu Vaccine to Children

Station says Walgreens acknowledged the mistake but won't say how many of the wrong doses of flu vaccine were administered.

Walgreens not saying how many doses of wrong vaccine were administered. (Patch file photo.)
Walgreens not saying how many doses of wrong vaccine were administered. (Patch file photo.)

Walgreens has given adult-strength flu vaccines to children in Roswell and possibly a larger number in the Atlanta metro area, according to news reports. 

Heidi Sullivan told Channel 2 News that her two children received a flu shot in December at the Walgreens on West Crossville Road in Roswell and that a representative from Walgreens called her to tell her about the mix-up.
“They stuck a needle in each of my kids’ arms and gave them a drug that they should be responsible for knowing how to use properly,” Sullivan told Channel 2’s Rachel Stockman.
She learned the flu shot her 13-year-old and 16-year-old received was Flucelvax, a drug only approved by the Food and Drug Administration for those 18 and older, WSB News reported. 
In a statement emailed to Channel 2 Action News, Jim Crohn, a spokesperson for Walgreens said:

“As part of the regular monitoring of our vaccine program, we recently learned that a very small percentage of vaccinations may have been administered to patients outside of FDA-approved age ranges. 
“As a precautionary measure, we have already contacted all affected patients, along with their physicians where such information was available, and also apologized for this occurrence.  We will continue to take proactive steps to help ensure the highest levels of quality care for our program.”

“How many other people are affected by this because Walgreens is a huge company?” Sullivan said.
Walgreens would not tell the station how many children or what stores in the metro Atlanta area were affected by this apparent mistake.
It is not clear what the side effects are for children because the approved FDA tests were done on adults.
The most common side effect for adults includes headache, discomfort and fatigue, the station reported.

Facts First February 28, 2014 at 07:39 PM
Each dose of FLUCELVAX may contain residual amounts of MDCK cell is Madin-Darby canine kidney (Dog) http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/UCM329134.pdf MDCK cell protein (≤8.4 mcg), protein other than HA (≤ 120 mcg), MDCK cell DNA (≤ 10 ng), polysorbate 80 (≤ 1125 mcg), cetyltrimethlyammonium bromide (≤ 13.5 mcg), and β- propiolactone (<0.5 mcg), which are used in the manufacturing process.
Steve Michaels March 02, 2014 at 03:54 AM
"The most common side effect for adults includes headache, discomfort and fatigue, the station reported." Sounds like the side effects are the flu.... "USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS------------------ • Safety and effectiveness of FLUCELVAX have not been established in pregnant women or nursing mothers. (8.1) • Geriatric Use: Antibody responses were lower in adults 65 years and older than in younger adults. (8.5) " "FLUCELVAX has not been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential." Efficacy was found to be 55% and 89%, but upon analysis, this translates to 1 less case of confirmed flu per 100 people vaccinated as compared to an unnamed placebo and did not test for influenza-like illness reports (since over 200 pathogens cause the clinical diagnosis of "flu") Additionally, reported adverse reactions were higher than the comparator vaccine, Agriflu. http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/UCM329134.pdf


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