H1N1 mist recall is not safety related, according to CDC

Reported by Kristy Ondo - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Several Brunswick County residents received doses of the H1N1 vaccine that have been recalled, but Health Department officials say there is no need to panic.

According to the CDC, the national recall on the vaccines is not a safety recall, rather a potency recall.

This just means some doses of the vaccine are losing their potency earlier than expected.  Each vaccine needs to be used before their "shelf life" runs out.

Brunswick County received 500 doses of flu mist that are expiring early, but those doses were administered before they had expired.

According to Jeanna Condron with the health department, people who received those vaccinations do not need to get vaccinated again.

"The mist was usually given to the children because it's much friendlier to give, so we just recommend if they still need their second dose to come in and get it," explained Condron.

The CDC recommends children receive two doses, and that all adults also receive the H1N1 vaccine.

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