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Recalled H1N1 Vaccine Given To Kids In KELOLAND

December 15, 2009, 5:01 PM by Kelli Grant

Recalled H1N1 Vaccine Given To Kids In KELOLAND
Vaccine given to hundreds of thousands of children, including kids in KELOLAND, may not work as well as it should.

The bad news is that this recall involves 800,000 H1N1 shots that were specifically made for kids.

Tests show the doses lost some strength after they were shipped. The good news is that all of those children will still be protected.

The recall involves pre-filled syringes for kids between 6 months and three years old. They were distributed last month.

"The recall is not because this vaccine is bad or dangerous. The recall is because they didn't have the confidence that this vaccine would do as well as they would like," Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Frank Esper said.

"We believe the vast majority of these doses have already been administered based on the high demand," Dr. Anne Schuchat with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

The pharmaceutical company that made the vaccine is voluntarily recalling them and said, "These lots passed all quality controls and met all specifications required by government agencies at the time of shipping."

Federal health officials are stressing that parents do not need to worry because even if the vaccine isn't as effective it still protects and it isn't harmful.

Children in the affected age group are supposed to get two doses of vaccine about a month apart. Health officials don't think children need to get vaccinated again even if they got two doses from the recalled lots. South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota all received a small amount of recalled vaccine. But state health officials also stress children won't need to be re-vaccinated.

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