TB  Vaccination mistakes

[Aren't they meant to be able to take 10,000 vaccines?  See: [2010 March] Baby in Britain is overdosed with BCG vaccine and is now being treated for TB by Christina England]


Probe at Scunthorpe Hospital

Tuesday March 9,2010

By Paul Jeeves

A NEWBORN baby is fighting for his life after a junior doctor gave him 10 times the normal dose of a TB vaccine.

The boy was injected with 0.5mg of the BCG vaccine instead of the usual 0.05mg dose. The child, who has not been identified, is now being treated for tuberculosis by specialists at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Last night his condition was “stable”. NHS chiefs at Scunthorpe General Hospital, where the overdose was administered, say they have launched “a full investigation”.

But the boy’s distraught parents, from Scunthorpe, have instructed medical negligence solicitors to act on their behalf.

Last night lawyers at Irwin Mitchell admitted they were also investigating reports that other children had been given vaccine overdoses at the same hospital.

David Body, a medical law specialist at the nationwide firm, said: “The BCG vaccine works by injecting a small dose of weakened bacteria, which stimulates the body’s immune system to build up its natural defences. Treatment for TB has been started.

“TB is a life-threatening illness for people of any age and is far more serious for a newborn baby.”

The Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “As soon as we were made aware of the incident we launched a full investigation, which is ongoing.”