Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Swine flu vaccine recall

Warning letters went out to thousands of doctors today alerting them that Sanofi
Aventis is recalling 800,000 doses of pediatric swine flu vaccine in prefilled syringes because routine tests disclosed that its potency has diminished, officials say.

Despite the recall, the vaccine is safe and effective; parents need not worry about unusual side effects or having their children re-vaccinated, says Anne Schuchat, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. "There's no need for parents to call pediatricians. We think the doses given are protective and safe," she says.

To all those who get their medical advice from talk show hosts and comedians:

This doesn't mean that the swine flu vaccine is unsafe.

It means that we're doing everything possible to insure that the swine flu vaccine remains safe and effective.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You wrote "This doesn't mean that the swine flu vaccine is unsafe."

It sure doesn't mean it is safe either.