Swine Flu Doses for Children Recalled

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Pediatric doses of H1N1 vaccine are being recalled for reduced effectiveness. Credit: Nathan F, Flickr

More than 10,000 doses of swine flu vaccine are being recalled because they lost some potency during shipment.

Virgina and Maryland are pulling certain lots of single-dose syringes for kids ages 6 to 35 months made by the pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur, The Washington Post reports. It's a voluntary recall and the Centers for Disease Control says that it is not a safety issue.

However, the strength of the doses decreased slightly after being transported. Children who received vaccinations from the lot of recalled doses do not need to be re-vaccinated, according to the Post. "The vaccine in these lots is still expected to be effective in stimulating a protective response despite this slight reduction in the concentration of antigen. There is no need to readminister a dose to those who received vaccine from these lots," according information about the recall on the CDC Web site.

It is recommended that children younger than 10 should get a second dose of the vaccine, and the CDC maintains that kids should still get the second booster shot. The health organization recently reported that 549 children have died from H1N1 in the last six months.

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