State: Doctor’s wife mishandled vaccines, caused outbreak

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MOUNT STERLING, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure says a Mount Sterling doctor allowed his unlicensed wife to mishandle vaccines, causing an infection outbreak in patients across Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio.

Media outlets are reporting on Friday the board placed Dr. Paul McLaughlin on five years’ probation. He has also been ordered to pay $5,000 for delegating to someone without a medical license and contributing to a public health crisis.

The vaccination provider “Location Vaccination” is owned and operated by McLaughlin’s wife, Fairshinda Sabounchi McLaughlin.

The company was hired during last year’s flu season to provide vaccines to adult employees in more than 20 municipalities.

The state Department of Public Health began investigating the company in February after learning its patients were experiencing pain, swelling and lumps at their injection sites.

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(This story was originally published on July 22, 2019)

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