Public Health Shares Concerns with Rio Grande County

DEL NORTE— Rio Grande County Commissioners heard from Pat Perry, Director of Rio Grande’s Public Health Agency, during their Sept. 15 meeting concerning losses of flu and MMR vaccine supplies.

Due to a power outage in the office, the agency lost 40 doses of the MMR vaccine and 30 doses of flu-mist nasal spray. “The loss represented about $1,815. We’ve already discarded the affected vaccines and will be replacing them.” Perry said.

Public Health stores between $15,000-$30,000 worth of vaccines in agency refrigerators at any given time. With an outage so potentially costly, Perry remarked, the agency would need to take “corrective action.”

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