N.S. Doctor Suspended for Wrongly Administering Baby Vaccinations

Authorities have notified the patients of a Nova Scotia physician, William Vitale, who are recommended to get revaccinated since the doctor might have mixed incompatible vaccines in one syringe and injected them in one shot. Consequently, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia suspended Vitale’s license for improperly administering vaccines.

In a notification issued by The Capital District Health Authority, it announced that people who were vaccinated by Vitale from 1992 to 1994 and from 2003 to present, who were under the age of 24 months at the time, might need to be re-immunized. Medical officer of health for the Capital District Health Authority, Dr. Robin Taylor, mentioned that “while it is important to be re-vaccinated properly, this is not an emergency. We recommend that patients, if needed, have their first re-vaccination appointment by the end of February.” It was added that “Immunizations work to protect us against diseases such as measles, mumps, tetanus and whooping cough and are the best way to stay healthy for years to come.”

Furthermore, Capital Health added that patients should still not go to emergency rooms or walk-in clinics, since they are not designed to perform routine immunizations. Deputy Chief public health officer for the provincial Health and Wellness Department, Dr. Frank Atherton, stated that “doctors are well-informed on the right way to deliver vaccines, so this is a rare occurrence.” He added that “most Nova Scotians are properly immunized. However, it is important that affected patients of this doctor take action to ensure that they are protected against these preventable diseases.”

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