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Swine flu vaccines recalled

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Posted: Dec 15, 2009 10:40 AM by Associated Press
Updated: Dec 15, 2009 10:40 AM
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Topics: swine flu, vaccine, potency, recall, CPSC, Consumer Product Safety Commission

Health officials are recalling hundreds of thousands of doses of swine flu vaccine after tests indicated they may not be potent enough to protect against the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified doctors about the recall Tuesday. It involves about 800,000 doses made by Sanofi Pasteur. The doses are pre-filled syringes intended for young children, ages 6 months to almost three years.

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.

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