Despite a recall on an H1N1 vaccine, it is still safe. Approximately 14,700 doses that were distributed to providers throughout the state are included in the recall, according to Dan Hopfensperger, director of the state’s immunization program. “We are contacting them directly, to let them know if they have not administered the vaccine, they should take it . . . out of their inventory,” says Hopfensperger.
More than 800,000 doses of the H1N1 vaccine for children are being recalled, but not because they’re unsafe. “The vaccine is safe, and it is effective,” says Hopfensperger. “However, it may not be as effective as originally intended.” That’s because some of the shots have a lower antigen content, which is the main ingredient the help the body create antibodies against the virus. Children under 10 are recommended to get a second shot, which Hopfensperger says will booster any effect from a first dose.
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