Posted: Dec 15, 2009 1:53 PM by Associated Press
Updated: Dec 15, 2009 1:53 PM
Health officials are recalling 800,000 doses of swine flu vaccine after tests indicated they may not be potent enough to protect against the virus.
El Paso County received 200 doses of the recalled vaccine. None was used at the public clinics put on by the health department. It was all distributed to health care providers. Those providers are being notified by the health department about the recall. If your child received the vaccine from your doctor or a medical clinic--check with them to see if your child got the recalled vaccine.
None of the vaccine went to Pueblo, according to a news release from the Pueblo City-County Health Department.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the recall Tuesday. The recall involves vaccine made by Sanofi Pasteur. The doses are pre-filled syringes intended for young children, ages 6 months to almost three years. Health officials recommend children those ages get two doses, spaced about a month apart.
Health officials say it's not clear how many doses have already been given, but they don't think children need to be re-vaccinated.
The lots passed potency tests when they were first shipped, but tests indicate the potency waned after.