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Published December 15, 2009, 11:47 AM

CDC recalls 800,000 doses of H1N1 vaccine, due to potency concerns

FARGO - About 800,000 doses of H1N1 vaccine are being recalled nationwide, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced this morning.

By: Kristen Daum, INFORUM

FARGO - About 800,000 doses of H1N1 vaccine are being recalled nationwide, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced this morning.

Concern has arisen over the effectiveness of the specific doses, which were for ages 6 months to nearly 3 years old.

North Dakota received 800 of the recalled doses, which were shipped Nov. 9, said Molly Sander, immunization program manager with the North Dakota Health Department.

Of those, Fargo Cass Public Health received 200 doses, the Southwestern Health District, in Dickinson, received 100 doses, and the state warehouse had 500 doses, which were distributed to various health agencies from there, Sander said.

Clay County Public Health did not receive any of the affected doses, Director Kathy McKay said. It was not immediately known whether the Minnesota Health Department received any of the recalled doses.

North Dakota state health officials should know by the end of today where the doses were distributed beyond those three locations, Sander said.

Since public health agencies, like Fargo Cass Public Health, have been administering doses as they arrive, it’s likely these recalled doses were already given out to children in the state, Sander said.

However, the children don’t need to be revaccinated and there’s no cause for concern.

“It’s not a safety issue at all,” Sander said, adding that the issue of the doses’ effectiveness is not extreme enough to spark a CDC recommendation for revaccination.

For more on this story, read Wednesday’s Forum.

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