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Health officials warn about infections associated with vaccines given by Kentucky company

Posted at 11:38 AM, Feb 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-02 12:32:19-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky health officials are warning people who received a vaccination in Kentucky, Ohio or Indiana since September to watch for symptoms of an infection.

The Kentucky Department for Public Health is investigating multiple infections associated with vaccinations given by the company Local Vaccination at various businesses, officials said in a news release.

People with infections related to the vaccinations have experienced redness, pain or tenderness, swelling and the development of hard lumps at the injection site, officials said.

The company has stopped administering immunizations, but it's possible someone previously vaccinated could still develop an infection. Symptoms can start a few days or more than 12 weeks after receiving a vaccination, officials said. Anyone with such an infection should seek medical care.

"If you received vaccine from this provider, we strongly encourage you to consider getting another round to ensure you are fully immunized and not at risk for contracting illness,” DPH commissioner Dr. Jeff Howard said. "We believe negative side effects associated with this investigation to be linked to improper storage and handling of the vaccine. We want to emphasize that there is no evidence to suggest that there is an issue with the vaccine supply. The provider has stopped vaccinating and there is no continuing risk to the public."