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CONTACT: Mary Charles, city communications officer, (816) 513-1356

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 15, 2009

H1N1 vaccine recall has minor impact on City

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department will be participating in the voluntary recall of certain doses of pediatric H1N1 vaccine. One vaccine manufacturer, Sanofi Pasteur, has issued a voluntary recall of certain lots of pediatric vaccine, some of which were shipped to Kansas City, Mo. The recall is related to potency and is not safety related.

Certain doses of the vaccine for children between 6 months and 35 months of age have been found to have slightly decreased potency after shipping than when tested prior to shipment. This is limited to the four lots recalled by the manufacturer and has not been detected in any of the other lots. Officials with the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the manufacturer have said they believe the strength of the recalled doses is still high enough to protect children against the virus.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have determined that there is no need to revaccinate those who have already been vaccinated,” said Dr. Rex Archer, director of the Health Department. “We are complying with the voluntary recall to assure that those vaccinated in the future also will be protected. It is important to remember that this is not a safety-related recall.”

Children under 10 years old should still get two doses of H1N1 vaccine approximately one month apart, as they would if they were getting the seasonal flu vaccine for the first time. Children ages 6 months through nine years old who have had seasonal flu vaccinations in the past only need one dose of the seasonal flu vaccine.

The Health Department will be placing an order to replace the lots of H1N1 vaccine that are being recalled by the manufacturer.

Media inquiries about this issue should be directed to Jeff Hershberger, public information officer for the Health Department, (816) 840-2548 (pager).

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