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Typhoid vaccine recall highlights importance of record-keeping

Typhoid vaccine recall highlights importance of record-keeping

Typhoid vaccine recall highlights importance of record-keeping

The recent recall of a typhoid vaccine highlights the importance of accurate record keeping in general practice, it is claimed.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) alert over the recall of 16 batches of Sanofi Pasteur’s Typhim Vi vaccine shows the need for “meticulous documentation” when prescribing and administering drugs – and in particular recording batch numbers – according to the Medical Protection Society (MPS).

The incidence should also serve as a reminder for practices and one-stop clinics to record a patient’s full contact information and implement “robust governance systems” to allow tracing.

“Although thankfully, it does not appear as though the vaccine itself poses any health threat, the [MHRA] alert is likely to cause anxiety in many,” said Dr Pallavi Bradshaw, Mediolegal Adviser at MPS.

“Doctors have an obligation to provide open and honest information when things go wrong – in this instance, reassuring patients will help allay any fears. 

“The GMC’s guidance ‘Good Medical Practice’ states that if a patient has suffered harm or distress, you must act immediately to put matters right. Doctors should be proactive in contacting affected patients, not least to offer advice on other precautions to prevent typhoid when travelling but to check those who may have already travelled.”

Concerns around the effectiveness of the Typhim Vi vaccine in some syringes distributed from 7 January 2011 following filling problems in the manufacturing process led to the recall.

This means some patients who have been vaccinated may not be fully protected against the disease.


We have only 2 vaccines left and are unable to get any more. Also running dangerously short on Hep A due to lack of supply from manufacturers.
What are we supposed to do when patients attend for travel consultations, and we have no way of giving them the vaccines that they need???
It is not the patients fault, they mostly attend in a timely fashion, but now we have to tell them there are no vaccines for them as we cant get them from the manufacturers!
Apparently they will not have any more stock "until June". What good is that for someone booking an early holiday?

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