Babies ‘exposed’ in Hib catch-up vaccine shortage

Babies in England could be left exposed to meningitis, diphtheria and tetanus following a shortage of Hib catch-up vaccine supplies delivered to practices.

Every GP practice in England was sent a letter from the DoH this month stating that Movianto UK, the company responsible for the delivery of the vaccines, had made ‘an error in the calculations of the allocation’.

This has resulted in some surgeries being allocated less of the vaccines Pediacel, Infanrix/IPV and Repevax and Menitorix than they should have been.

Movianto is now urgently recalculating the allocation figures, and will send a letter early next week to all surgeries with the corrected figures.

A spokesman for Movianto said that an error had occurred in the allocation of vaccine but the correct amount of vaccine would be sent out to practices when deliveries begin today.

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