Sanofi-Pasteur, Inc. issued a voluntary recall of about 800,000 doses of its H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine. Local health officials have verified that none of the affected lots of vaccine have been shipped to Grays Harbor County.
“We keep a record of each dose received and administered according to its manufacturer and lot number,” says Karolyn Holden, a manager at the Grays Harbor County Health Department. “I checked our records against the recall list and am pleased to report that this recall will not affect us.”
The recall was issued because four lots of vaccine were found to have lower potency levels than required. Although the affected lots are not known to have any safety issues, people who received them may not have as strong a response to the vaccine as desired.
H1N1 vaccine is being provided free of charge by the Health Department at the following times and locations:
Local health care providers, pharmacies, and community vaccinators are also providing the vaccine. Clinic schedules and a broad variety of information on the H1N1 (swine) flu in both English and Spanish is available at www.HealthyGH.org
The website is updated continuously as new information becomes available and new activities are scheduled. For questions that must be addressed by telephone, please call (360) 532-8631 ext. 417.
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