(With Amanda Pruett, mama) What happens when your child receives the wrong vaccine? Not only was it the wrong one, it was one that she already had AND was supposed to be given years apart? Amanda’s story could happen to anyone. In this interview, find out what Amanda and her husband did right after the vaccine mix-up, how they knew they should get a new doctor & how this mix up was even discovered in the first place. You’ll learn what you can do to prevent this from happening to your kiddos. Amanda shows you exactly what she’s learned, how she tracks the vaccine details & how you can too in less than 10 minutes.
You’ll Also Learn:
- Why you should know exactly what vaccines your child should be getting.
- How exactly (vile, batch #, etc) to go about checking to make sure your child gets the right one.
- How to keep super great documentation and why you might need it in the future.
Who is Amanda Pruett?
Amanda and her husband are the parents of 2 kiddos. Amanda has her own wedding photography business called New Wave Photography.
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Amanda Pruett- Vaccine Mix-up
Sarah Blight: Hi. This is Sarah Blight with Your Baby Booty Interviews where we chat with real people who have real experiences so that you can have real takeaways to apply to your journey as you become a mom. So what happens when you discover that your 2-year old daughter has had the same vaccine twice in a row and they were supposed to be spaced out years apart? What do you do and how could you avoid that situation from happening to you a vaccine mix up? Well, today we’re chatting with Amanda Pruett. She’s the mama of a now 3-year old daughter, Parker and she discovered about a year ago that she — she kind of screwed up in a way. She wasn’t really paying attention to the vaccines that were being given to her daughter and took her doctors word for it and ended up realizing there was a mistake. So thank you, Amanda for joining us today and sharing your story with us.
Amanda Pruett: Thank you for having me.
Sarah Blight: So tell us what happened?
Amanda Pruett: Basically well my daughter is in daycare. She’s been in the same daycare since she was just under one and I love the daycare. Her school nurse or daycare nurse had come to me saying that we needed to update my daughter with her MMR which is the measles, mumps and rubella. It is a vaccine. I’ve always been kind of I don’t want to say a stick around on the immunizations but I’ve always read up on and since she was born I always had my little records and my charts. And the MMR was just something that — that I had read and heard a lot about at the time there was some speculation that maybe it was linked to autism and I was just a little hesitant to get the MMR at such a young age. They wanted her — the state wants — had said have them at age one and a half, at 18 months.
Sarah Blight: Okay.
Amanda Pruett: So I was a little hesitant. At age 2, I hadn’t had her in to get her MMR as of yet. The school asked me to get that and at the same she had her hepatitis A-2. It’s the second dose of the hep A1. The nurse also just kind of let me know that there have been some mixed ups before with the hep A1 and hep A2 since it’s — it’s a two-stage dose of the same vaccine. Sometimes there had been… mistakes in hep A1 twice. So they said about that and when I went in to the doctor and I was speaking to the medical assistant, I just double checked and asked, you know, what they would be giving my daughter. Make sure it was the MMR and hep A-2.
Sarah Blight: Okay.
Amanda Pruett: She said yes, that was it was. And a week later the school nurse asked me, you know, “I asked you to get the MMR or some sort of documents saying that she — you were going to waive that and you didn’t get that done.” I was kind of shocked and I said, “Oh, they must have written it wrong when stamping at the hospital or the doctor’s office because she did get it. I double checked.” We called the doctor’s office and they actually had given her — they gave her hep A2 but they also gave her varicella instead of the MMR. So after asking, you know, what was being given, maybe I put — put her on the spot, maybe, you know, I should have asked open endedly what was being given instead of stating the two medicines and asking, you know, that’s correct, right? But you know, the wrong medicines were given that day.
Sarah Blight: Okay. And the varicella just to clarify for people who don’t know is the immunization for what?
Amanda Pruett: It’s for chickenpox.
Sarah Blight: Okay. And she had already had a dose of that before?
Amanda Pruett: At age — in 12 months kids are supposed to have their varicella and she had that. So again, at 2 years she was given the second varicella which is not necessarily until they start — until they start school again around 4 or 5. So –
Sarah Blight: Okay. So at the point what were you immediately concerned about?
Amanda Pruett: Oh my gosh, everything went through my head as far as future — I mean it sounds silly but future neurological problems or just everything from balance to — I was just worried. I didn’t know what I had done, you know and she did get a little bit sick but she would get a fever and she’d get a little bit sick every time she get her — her immunization. So at first I didn’t think anything of it and she ended up being fine but I just — it’s the unknown I think that’s scares me the most.
Sarah Blight: Yeah and I can imagine as her mom and Rob as her dad, you know, you feel like I need to protect her. I need to be, you know, the one who’s looking out for her. Were there any — so you said other than just the temperature and just the kind of the normal stuff you didn’t notice anything and you still haven’t notice anything right from — from your daughter’s –
Amanda Pruett: No, I — no, I haven’t notice anything and to be honest, I mean she’s a normal 3-year old and I mean I’m sure every parent think so but she’s excels in some areas. So I don’t think that, you know, I hope, keep my fingers cross, I don’t think anything has come of it. I don’t think it will but the doctor assured that it is okay for double dose in this case. It wouldn’t harm her. So we’re, you know, just prayed. [Laughter]
Sarah Blight: Yeah. So what did you do immediately after you realized that this had happened? What was the like the first thing that you did?
Amanda Pruett: Immediately I — let’s see, I sent an e-mail out to all of my loved ones and friends and people that I knew with kids just to let — just to let everybody know that, you know, you always think you hear story of it happening to someone but you never think it happens to you or someone that you know and I — it’s so funny because I even have friends who didn’t have children at the time but now they have kids and they come back to me saying, “Oh, my gosh I wasn’t there for you when you wanted a shoulder and I’m so sorry. I now understand what you were going through and this and that.” And it’s that — it’s the unknown and the wondering but you know, immediately I sent the e-mail out.
I then contacted my state medical board. And honestly, I probably wouldn’t have done this had I felt the office had handled the situation correctly but the doctor didn’t want to see me for a meeting or an appointment after that happened. She only wanted to — she’d just wanted to talk to me over the phone which, you know, maybe she was busy or I can understand maybe. But I just felt it was handled a little bit improperly. So — so I just I put a report in to the Texas Medical Board and you know, they’ve handled it since. And I’m pleased with the outcome.
Sarah Blight: Did you switch doctors at the point?
Amanda Pruett: I did.
Sarah Blight: You did.
Amanda Pruett: Immediately.
Sarah Blight: Yeah. Okay.
Amanda Pruett: Immediately.
Sarah Blight: So what was your takeaway from this whole situation? Obviously, it’s a scary situation, you know, for any parent. What — what are the things you would like to tell the parents who are expecting or maybe who currently are parents that they should do and can do to really prevent something like this from happening?
Amanda Pruett: I mean it’s hard because I feel in a way I was — I felt funny with, you know, having my little charts and I felt like I was overdoing it in ways and it still happened. So my advice is to just check and double check and you know, this is your child. You have one shot with this — with this child. You know, be involved and you know, keep track. Keep your own record. I always before this happened and still I ask for copy of everything that they update and I take it home with me and I’ve stick it in the immunizations folder. And you know, I just — I can understand where people feel like any question to their doctor would be like questioning their doctor. But rather think of it as you’re questioning the manufacturer of the drug. These — these — the vaccines, you know, transfer hands so many times and they’re from different companies. You know, it’s just very important to know what’s going — going in to these kids and just to stay on top of it and know what your child has had and what your child hasn’t had as far as immunization stuff.
Sarah Blight: So when you say check and double check, do you literally look at the file that they have and look at it and write down what it says, make sure it’s the same thing that you know Parker’s supposed to get and write down the batch number. Is that — is that what you mean by checking?
Amanda Pruett: Yeah, I used to not. [Laughter]
Sarah Blight: Yeah.
Amanda Pruett: But that — that was problematic. So now, I — and I tell my new doctor.
I mean he knows what happened so he’s — he’s kind — I told him. I said I’m going to be the ain’t no mom who, you know, would be your worst nightmare but I promise it’s with good — good heart and he’s great. So I literally — there’s a batch number to every immunization. So many come per batch and they keep track of — that’s how they found out whether they gave her hep A — the MMR or the varicella that day is they had a batch order and only one of the varicella was missing. So they knew that that was given to my daughter the week before. So they keep track of it and there was batch order numbers that are important to write down. Unfortunately, you know, hopefully, you don’t have to use it but in case of a case or a court hearing or something that, you know, something goes wrong and there’s a recall on the medicine or something. So…
Sarah Blight: Yeah, the recall I think is really key because I think a lot of people have got court case probably not. But there’s a recall or you kid gets really sick, you want to know what batch that’s from.
Amanda Pruett: Yeah and a court, you know, nothing supposedly — I’m not positive on this but I believe you have to have the batch number for anything to be legitimate in court. So, yeah.
Sarah Blight: Okay. So also you said knowing, you mentioned knowing the immunizations that your kid gets. I know for me I’m a lot more kind of probably up your alley. I’m a lot more kind of a no one when it comes to that but I still. When Jackson was a new born, I couldn’t even tell you what day it was. I didn’t exactly know why we were at the doctor. I just knew we were supposed to be there. [Laughter] I could not have really told you like, you know, until I heard your story actually and then I started to getting a lot more proactive because I realized I, you know, I’m the sole caretaker of this kid with my husband. So I think that’s a good point to really encourage people to know what vaccines you’re getting if you’re going to do a modified schedule or stick with the regular schedule or not do them all, that’s up to you, of course but to know which ones you’re supposed to get and then to verify and then keep your own records. That doesn’t sound like it’s that unreasonable to me. I mean it doesn’t seem like — it seems to me like if you have a doctor who’s really worked up about that, then maybe you’re not with the right doctor [Laughter].
Amanda Pruett: No and –
Sarah Blight: Because you’re really kind of looking out for the doctor too, you know. In a way, you’re looking out for your kid first but by doing that, you know, your doctor is going to be, you know, also covered.
Amanda Pruett: Absolutely and that’s I mean doctors are human beings and you know, they make mistakes and they get tired and they skip their morning coffee and you know, there’s — they’ve got a lot of patients and there’s — they can’t catch everything and ultimately, we have one or two or three, however many children you have, that is the number of people we are responsible for. They can’t be responsible for all of their patients completely. I mean I know they’re suppose to we got to cut down a little bit of slack and we have to — we have to step up to the plate and say, “Look, it’s one person and it’s two people.” Literally you can go online and you can go to your state immunization record or your state immunization chart and the necessities per state for schools and that sort of thing and then it will give you — it will give you a schedule, you know. Take ten minutes. Highlight what you need and then what dates. And what I do is I just sit to my yearly calendar and I write in the week of it in pencil when I’m going to have to go in and I just call, you know, a couple of weeks prior or so.
Sarah Blight: That’s a great way to keep organized. And what is your — what is your record look like that you keep? Is that like a spreadsheet or how do you kind of keep that organized?
Amanda Pruett: I actually have it and I can pull it in one little, two little seconds if you’ll give me one second. [Laughter]
Sarah Blight: Okay. She’s so organized. [Laughter] She’s got her files. I need to be more like that.
Amanda Pruett: Well and here I say I have it. I’ve got — am I back in screen?
Sarah Blight: You are.
Amanda Pruett: It’s basically just like — this is a copy of it but it’s just like what the doctor’s office would have. Can you see this? And I just make a copy of it.
Sarah Blight: Oh okay.
Amanda Pruett: Basically it’s the date and then over here, they stamped in the hospital’s stamp or the doctor’s stamp, excuse me.
Sarah Blight: And so you just verify that what you saw on the vaccine matches that?
Amanda Pruett: Oh yeah, before they give — when they’re about to give her the vaccine, I just — I know ahead of time what we’re due for.
Sarah Blight: Right.
Amanda Pruett: And then I — I just verify that they give it to her and then afterward, I don’t — I like to leave with the copy of this with it stamped and dated because the other thing is that they can make mistakes on the date and the stamping. So you know, I’d just like to leave with everything in my hand. It’s easy to make a copy.
Sarah Blight: Yes, that is a great point, great tip. Okay. So are there any other resources you mention kind of checking your state — state by state I think varies maybe a little bit with what they require vaccine-wise especially for schools. Of course, we all know or maybe you don’t but, you know, you can also sign waivers if you don’t want your kid to get certain vaccines. What resources, books, websites did you find helpful kind of as you were navigating this kind of scary place of like what’s happened and being more proactive with your record keeping in vaccines?
Amanda Pruett: You know a friend of mine who works in the medical industry kind of tipped me off about the Texas Medical Board and possibly filing a complaint or report with them. The Texas Medical Board also is in charge of mailing out the waivers that you were talking about. We did indeed after the mixed up with the [Audio Glitch] or such for you to get the MMR. I decided it was a sign and I decided to hold off. So she actually just got her MMR right before turning 3. So we used the waiver from the state for her school and the school was fine with that. All schools should honor that and it gives plenty of reasons, you know, to checkmark why you, you know, to choose from why you don’t feel comfortable giving your child the vaccination.
So really I just did — I went online and I just did web searches. Mainly I started with the state. I figured just national was too broad and I know that different states required different — have different requirements for school. So I decided state was the way to go and I just did state searches on — on, you know, mistakes made and — and you know, the internet is so nice these days. You can really do a lot of homework with just a couple of words. [Laughter]
Sarah Blight: Yeah, that is so true.
Amanda Pruett: So, yeah. Yeah.
Sarah Blight: So is there any other one last piece of advice that you want to give to new parents?
Amanda Pruett: That’s a tough one. I’d just like to say just kind of live in the moment because as often as you hear that the time flies, oh my goodness, it sure goes by quickly and then you will have another one. [Laughter]
Sarah Blight: [Laughter] And everybody — and everybody else wants you to have another one too. [Laughter]
Amanda Pruett: Exactly. And that’s not, you know, sometimes that’s good. Sometimes it’s not. So, just enjoy every moment. You and I were talking before this video started about being able to — to live things kind of for the second time through a fresh set of eyes. I like to look back and think about how I experienced things at her age, you know. So it is a lot of fun just live in the moment.
Sarah Blight: Yeah, I like it. Well thanks, Amanda for sharing your story with us and I hope that this encourages other parents that you can be proactive. You don’t have to be a jerk about it but just be proactive. Be nice, be polite. Ask, you know, say please’s and thank you’s for — for the copies of records and you know, verify or so. It’s your kid. You ultimately are responsible. And I think Amanda makes great points on how to do that in a way that’s — that’s not threatening or not, you know, belittling to your medical — to your pediatrician or whoever you entrust with your kid’s care. So, if you guys have any questions or comments about vaccinations, about being proactive, about our topic today, please leave them below the interview and we would love to chat with you. So thanks for joining us and we will see you next time.