A health board has launched an investigation after it emerged that more than 200 people had been immunised with vaccine supplies that may not have been fully effective
The vaccines may have been stored at the wrong temperature
NHS Lanarkshire launched the probe after concerns that a doctor was unable to confirm that vaccines, administered over a two-year period, were stored at correct temperatures.
They were also concerned that some jabs were administered after their expiry date.
The errors were made at the surgery of Dr Tahira Idrees at Clarkston Medical Centre, Airdrie, between July 2001 and November 2003.
The jabs affected are mainly for childhood diseases including polio, DTP -
(diphtheria), tetanus and pertussis (Hib), Meningitis C and MMR (measles, mumps
NHS Lanarkshire has set up an incident management team to deal with this situation.
Initial inquiries have indicated that 85 children and 130 adults are affected.
The health board said it was writing to all the patients affected but stressed there was a
minimal risk of health problems as a direct result of receiving the vaccine.
However, patients may require further immunisation.
Dr David Cromie, consultant in public health medicine for NHS Lanarkshire,
said: "We can understand that people will be concerned but can assure them that
the risk to their health is minimal.
"We will be contacting everyone concerned and inviting them not only to
discuss their concerns with health professionals but also to attend an
appointment to receive some or all of the vaccinations.
"At the moment we have prioritised the cases involving children up to seven
years old. There have been no reported cases of childhood illness due to
He added: "We are treating this situation seriously and a thorough
investigation of the circumstances which have led to these difficulties is under
"The GP concerned has expressed her regret at the anxiety and inconvenience
caused and is assisting us with this investigation."
A helpline on 01698 286 363 has been set up to give information to anyone who
believes they may have been affected.