by Pam Zubeck
The El Paso County Health Department has been notified to recall 200 doses of H1N1 vaccine that were received on Dec. 7, the county says in a press release. The department was notified today.
The manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur notified the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the antigen content in the identified lot numbers of pediatric syringes was later found to have dropped below a pre-specified limit, meaning the potency is below standard.
This is not a safety concern, the press release said, and the Health Department's five large-scale community clinics (Coronado, Harrison High Schools, New Life Church, The Hangar; and The Citadel held on Dec. 5) did not use any pre-filled syringes.
The Health Department is sending a notification to providers in the community who received their H1N1 vaccine supplies from McKesson, asking them to check remaining pre-filled vaccine lot numbers and to not administer it to children.