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Hundreds of Children Going to New Jersey Clinic May Need to Be Re-Vaccinated

The New Jersey Department of Health said vaccines used in a low-cost program at Dr. Michael Bleiman’s Southern Ocean Pediatrics and Family Medicine in Manahawkin were possible poorly refrigerated.

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    As many as 900 kids may need new shots after a health clinic did not refrigerate the vaccines properly. NBC10 Jersey Shore Bureau Reporter Ted Greenberg spoke with concerned parents about where they go from here. (Published Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017)

    Hundreds of children in one New Jersey County may need to be re-vaccinated due to vaccine storage issues.

    The New Jersey Department of Health said vaccines used in a low-cost program at Dr. Michael Bleiman’s Southern Ocean Pediatrics and Family Medicine in Manahawkin were possible poorly refrigerated.

    As a result, the shots to around 900 children may not be as effective for a range of preventable childhood diseases. "The vaccines the children received include measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, hepatitis A & B, rotavirus, DTaP/Tdap, Hib, pneumococcal, polio, meningococcal and HPV," said health officials in a news release.

    The children are in no danger, said health officials. But, they urged any children vaccinated between November 2014 and July 28, 2016 be check out for possible re-vaccination as the vaccines the children received may not be as effective as first thought.

    The State Attorney General's Division of Consumer Affairs filed a complaint with the State Board of Medical Examiners for allegations of gross negligence, professional misconduct and other violations against Dr. Bleiman.

    A woman who answered the phone at Bleiman's office said no one from the practice had any comment about the allegations.

    A New Jersey Health Hotline has been set up for parents, guardians and other family members with questions about whether their children should be evaluated for a re-vaccination. You can call the Hotline at 1-866-448-2432.