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Study: Not all vaccines stored properly

Centers of Disease Control find some vaccines expired, too cold or too hot

SAN ANTONIO - There's a new concern over childhood vaccines after the Centers for Disease Control found that some government providers hadn't been storing vaccines at the proper temperature.

After visiting 45 providers who offered free immunizations, the Health and Human Services inspector general found that three out of four providers were storing vaccines in temperatures that were too hot or too cold, and that some providers had even stored some expired vaccines.

However, Dr. Joshua Tardy, a pediatrician in San Antonio, is assuring parents that vaccines are still safe.

"There is no evidence in this study that says these children aren't being protected against these vaccine-preventable diseases," said Dr. Tardy. "What's being called into question here is if we could do a better job of storing these vaccines and making sure they are as effective as possible."

Tardy said on Wednesday that after hearing about the report, some parents approached him about it.

"I was just speaking with families who asked me how we are handling our vaccines and what temperatures we are keeping ours at," he said. "It's a good reminder that every provider needs to be very vigilant about how we handle our vaccines."

Tardy said it is still a good idea for parents to get informed about vaccinations and to ask their provider if they have any concerns.


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