“I understand why parents might be concerned. Yet, it’s important for everyone to know that the vaccine is safe,” says Secretary of Health Mary Selecky. “Also, there are other options available for young children who still need to get the H1N1 vaccine.”

This recalled product is a very small percentage of the more than 1.6 million doses of H1N1 vaccine that Washington has received. All children can still be vaccinated from multi-dose vials and healthy children two and older can get the nasal spray vaccine.

The Department of Health’s H1N1 (swine flu) Web site (www.doh.wa.gov/h1n1/default.htm) has additional information on vaccine, as well as tips on how schools, businesses, and people at home can avoid getting sick.