December 21, 2009
H1N1 VACCINE RECALL NOT A SAFETY ISSUE
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently notified the New York State Department of Health of a recall of H1N1 influenza vaccine. The recall involves about 800,000 doses made by Sanofi Pasteur that were distributed nationwide. The doses are pre-filled syringes intended for young children, ages 6 months to 35 months old.
Dr. Dennis Norfleet, Oswego County Public Health Director, said there are no safety concerns with the recalled lots of the H1N1 vaccine. The Oswego County Health Department did not administer any of the recalled vaccine.
“The recall is due to lower concentration of the active ingredient in the H1N1 vaccine. The lower potency does not pose a threat to those who received the affected vaccine,” said Dr. Norfleet. “Anyone who received the less potent vaccine does not need to be re-vaccinated and parents do not need to take any further action.”
It is important to remember that children under the age of ten need two doses of the vaccine, the second dose one month after the first.
For more information on the H1N1 recall, call the county Health Department weekdays at 349-3547 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3547.
The Oswego County Health Department is committed to the basic principle that a healthy population is a necessary foundation to a vigorous, interdependent community. In our ongoing efforts to strengthen and preserve a healthy community, we initiate, support and protect activities that lead to an optimal level of wellness.
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