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H1N1 Vaccine Recall

POSTED: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 - 8:43am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:25pm

El Paso, Texas – The City of El Paso Department of Public Health is reminding parents and care-givers once again about the importance of having their children fully vaccinated against H1N1 Influenza. The second dose for children under the age of ten is even more critical after one manufacturer voluntarily recalled some of its pediatric pre-filled syringes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, on December 7, the company that manufactures the vaccine, Sanofi Pasteur performed routine stability testing of the vaccine. It was found that over time the vaccine no longer let the manufacture’s specifications for potency.

The action is considered a non-safety-related voluntary recall and only certain lots of the vaccine are believed to have lost enough of their potency to fall below the pre-specified limit.

This afternoon the City of El Paso Department of Public Health confirmed that 800 of the less potent vaccine were sent to El Paso. Of those, 545 were immediately pulled from area clinics. A total of 255 vaccines were administered to children six months to 35 months of age. While there is no threat to the health of the children who received these doses, the recommendation is that they receive the second dose of vaccine in order to remain fully protected.

For more information on the recall, please visit the Centers for Disease Control website at http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/syringes_qa.htm

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