H1N1 Vaccine Recall
French Company Sanofi Pasteur, the self-proclaimed No. 1 leading manufacturer of the H1N1 flu vaccine, has voluntarily recalled up to 800,000 pre-filled vaccine syringes widely distributed across the United States. The recall was prompted after tests showed that the vaccine has lost strength from the time it was packaged and shipped in early October. It’s not clear exactly why the vaccine has declined in potency.
Who Does This Recall Affect?
The recall affects babies ranging from 6 months to 35 months of age who have received a vaccination since October of this year. Babies of this age group are supposed to get 1 does per month for 2 months to be adequately protected. Despite the weakened vaccines produced by the French company, experts say another vaccination should not be required even if the child received 2 doses from this batch.
What Should You Do?
Tom Skinner, a spokesman for the CDC says “No action is necessary by a parent of a child who received this vaccine. The only thing they need to do is make sure their child gets two doses…”
Your doctor should have already received notification of this recall and should be able to answer any questions you may have about your child’s vaccination.
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