Whoops! An Accidental Vaccination Story


When you are a mom you expect to get certain phone calls… You daughter threw up all over her desk at school, your son was in a fight or climbed on [fill in inappropriate and dangerous object here] and was injured, please have a discussion with your child and explain why it’s not okay to tell poo jokes in the classroom… these are all things I can handle.  One that I was not prepared for was the call I received yesterday.  “Mrs. B, this is the nurse from your daughter’s school.  I’m calling to let you know your daughter, Short Stack, accidentally received the wrong vaccination today at school.”  WHAT?… but wait!  There’s more!  “Yes ma’am, I accidentally gave your daughter the flu booster instead of the H1N1 vaccine”.  Now some of you may be thinking that it’s no big deal.  She’s not allergic to the flu vaccine, it wasn’t poison they gave her.  But that is not the point.  Someone who I trusted to take care of my daughter was negligent and administered the wrong vaccination.  Apparently the flu booster and the H1N1 vaccination arrived together from the same company and they were in similar containers.  Why have them in such close proximity then?  Why on earth, if the two looked similar would you keep them so close as to mix them up and administer the wrong vaccination not only to my daughter, but to other children.  I understand that no one is perfect, but when it comes to putting medication or vaccination into my child’s body, you better be damn close to perfect.  So I’ve been having a little (okay, big) freak out.  I’ve written a letter to the appropriate people to file a complaint, and I even had someone else read it to make sure I didn’t sound like a psychopath.  Yeah for me, I managed to keep that in check!  So here I am, a mom who received an unexpected call, and I managed to keep it together.  I’m going to have to remember this for the next mountain I come across in motherhood.  It’s good to know I can keep my freak outs where they belong.


One response »

  1. That’s just insane! I would be second guessing every move the school made from here on out.
    This is definitely cause for freak out in my book. and you seemed too handle things very well but they should “fear you wrath”! Glad your little one is okay!

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