A Walgreens pharmacy mistakenly gave children a flu shot that was not FDA approved for children. The children, ages 13 and 16, received their flu shots in December at the drugstore in Georgia. A representative called the children's mother in February to tell her that the flu shot the children had received was Flucelvax, which has been approved by the FDA for those 18 and older.
A spokesman for Walgreens admitted that other children had also been given the vaccine mistakenly. The pharmacy called all affected patients as well as their doctors. The pharmacy says it has taken proactive steps to ensure that type of mistake didn't happen again. Walgreens declined to say how many children or stores were involved. It's currently unclear what negative side effects children would receive from the vaccine, since the approved FDA tests were done on adults only.
Although it's not clear that any children were harmed in this mistake, it could have been catastrophic. Several stories have made headlines in recent years about children being given an adult dose of a prescription drug or vaccine, including the actor Dennis Quaid's newborn twins. They were given a dose of a blood thinner that was 1000 times larger than it was supposed to be. Fortunately, the twins were not harmed.
If you or a loved one has been given the wrong prescription drug or vaccine, or the wrong dosage, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 713-489-9493. The pharmacist, drug company, doctor who prescribed the drug, or the pharmacy may be liable for the mistake, and may be forced to pay you damages for your medical issues. Call to learn more today.