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Thousands Of Patients May Have Been Exposed To Expired, Poorly Stored Vaccines

Health authorities are contacting at least 3,000 patients in Sydney who may have been administered vaccines that were either expired or incorrectly stored since 2010.

Patients who visited a Burwood GP centre on Lindsay Street run by Drs Darrel and Brinda Weinman since 2010 may need to be revaccinated, the Sydney Local Health District has warned.

“We are writing to patients of that practice to ask them to get advice from a new GP on the need for revaccination," Clinical Director of Public Health, Dr Leena Gupta said.

“However, due to inconsistent record keeping at the practice, it has been difficult to identify which patients have been vaccinated and to obtain contact details for all patients.”

Dr Brinda Weinman who retired last month, has been cooperative in assisting with the investigation, the SLHD said.

Dr Darrel Weinman passed away last year.

Photo: AAP.

A spokesperson for the Sydney Local Health District told 10 daily health authorities are urging anyone who was vaccinated at the practice since 2010 to seek advice from a GP.

The spokesperson said that while the flu vaccine is an annual jab, those who had received Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccines should seek advice from another GP, adding that any of the vaccines on the immunisation register may also need to be retaken -- including chicken pox.

The spokesperson said it was safe for people to have the vaccines again, even if they have already had the vaccine before.

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NSW Health does not have responsibility over GPs but are assisting the Medical Council of NSW and the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission in the investigation.

Contact the author: vgerova@networkten.com.au