Long Beach kids safe from H1N1 flu vaccine recall

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pediatric-flu-vaccine-recalToday, a manufacturer of the H1N1 flu vaccine issued a voluntary recall of specified batches of the pediatric preservative-free vaccine (for use in children 6 months to less than 3 years old) due to a slight loss in vaccine strength over time.

The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) did recently receive some of this vaccine, and had administered approximately 20 doses through H1N1 flu vaccine clinic appointments last week. Pediatric vaccine used in prior Health Department sponsored community and school-based clinics was NOT a part of the recalled batches.

Remaining vaccine from the implicated batch is being returned to the manufacturer (Sanofi-Pasteur). Community medical providers have also been alerted of this issue.

Federal authorities have indicated that at no time were children at risk of injury or illness from this vaccine due to this finding, and are not recommending any revaccination of children who received this vaccine. The slight decrease in strength of this vaccine is unlikely to lead to inadequate protection from H1N1.

“Parents whose children may have received this H1N1 flu vaccine should not be concerned. If their children have received only one dose of the vaccine, a second dose is indicated 3-4 weeks after the first,” said Dr. Helene Calvet, City Health Officer. For more information about this recall, visit the CDC website at: www.cdc.ogv/h1n1flu/vaccination/syringes_qa.htm.

More information is available on the Health Department’s website at www.longbeach.gov//health, or the 24 hour Public Health Information line at (562) 570-4499.

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