Monday, November 2, 2015

Flu Vaccines?

So I work at a community clinic and we give all kinds of vaccines. Everyone can learn from this lesson, and the lesson is: always check vaccination expiration dates and lot numbers! I recently had a patient who had Guillain-Barre a few days after receiving vaccinations and it is a tone of detail to report to VAERs about vaccine reactions. You must remember to do Lot Numbers, Manufacturers, Date Received, Expiration Dates, and number in a series (for example MMR #1/2). As the clinic manager, I'm in charge of reporting any adverse effects and going through the medical record and it takes some time and is quite tedious, as often times patients will get several vaccines at the same time.

With flu season upon us, we have also had to document who we give the vaccines to on a form because we get them for free from the local county. Tracking is an important public health activity and this is what we were doing. However, the clinic team managed to confuse the forms so that it looked like we gave expired vaccine to people. Luckily, my MAs were amazing and gave me the expired vaccine to send to the pharmacy so that mistake didn't happen. Instead, we made a mistake in documentation, and as you nurses would know, if you didn't document it, it didn't happen! So remember, double-check, document it, and check those expiration dates twice!

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