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Double Dose of H1N1 Vaccine Given to 11 Children in Error

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Eleven children in Ontario, Canada were given a double dose of the H1N1 vaccine in what appears to be an error. This isn't the first issue with the rollout of the H1N1 vaccine in Ontario, but it certainly very concerning, especially to parents.

Ted Hedrich, who lives with his wife and daughter in Brampton, Ontario, spoke to the press about the double dose of H1N1 vaccine his three-and-one-half year old daughter received last Monday at the Indell Lane clinic.

Hedrich is questioning why the nurse who gave his daughter and ten other children double the recommended dose of the H1N1 flu vaccine is still giving out the swine flu shot.

Health officials have recommended young children only get half the adult dose initially. That recommended dose of the H1N1 vaccine is 0.25 ml for children and then another 0.25 ml several weeks later. Hedrich said his daughter was given 0.5 ml.

Peel Public Health contacted Hedrich on Thursday, three days after his daughter had the double dose of the H1N1 vaccine. He was told the nurse now has been retrained on the proper procedure.

A second Peel Public Health supervisor called Hedrich on Friday to express sympathy and ask how his daughter was doing, but didn't give him a formal apology, according to Hedrich.

Ted Hedrich took his daughter Selena to their family physician on Friday and was told to take his daughter for X-rays because she had a "slight rasp" in her chest. Hedrich mentioned that she hasn't felt well since getting the vaccine.

"Do not take for granted that just because somebody says they are a nurse or whatever, they're going to give you a shot, you ask about their qualifications and then you demand to see that the shot is the proper dose," Hedrich stated.

Dr. Kathleen Dooling, Peel Region's associate medical officer of health, said in a statement that there are no significant ill effects found for children at the higher dosage level. Peel Region is investigating how the error occurred and taking steps to ensure it is not repeated, she said.

Meanwhile, Ted Hedrich said he has sent emails to people he knows, advising them to be cautious when getting a needle, and check the dose themselves. He remains worried about what long-term effect the double dose of H1N1 vaccine could have on his daughter. He said he has consulted with his lawyer, but would not elaborate on whether he is considering any legal action.

Cheryl Phillips

Source: Yahoo, Canadian Press

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