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Some H1N1 vaccine given to Iowa children voluntarily recalled

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -- The Iowa Department of Public Health says that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced a non-safety related, voluntary recall of some H1N1 vaccine that was given to children in Iowa.

Four lots of the vaccine were recalled after the manufacturer, Sanofi Pasteur, found during testing that the strength of the vaccine was below pre-determined levels.

IDPH says that Iowa approximately 28,600 doses of the affected vaccine was allocated in approximately 45 counties.

Two of the four affected lot numbers were received in Iowa.

Here in Eastern Iowa the vaccine in question was distributed in Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Cedar, Dubuque, Johnson, Jones, Linn, Tama, Washington and Winneshiek Counties.

IDPH Immunization and Tuberculosis Bureau Chief Don Callaghan says, "This vaccine is completely safe.  While the manufacturer has determined the strength of the vaccine is slightly below specifications, the FDA and CDC have determined there is no significant reduction in the immune response in those who received this vaccine.  For that reason, there is no need to re-vaccinate anyone who received one or both doses of the affected vaccine."

H1N1 vaccinations were opened to all Iowans on Monday.

For a list of vaccination sites, visit www.idph.state.ia.us/webmap/default.asp?map=h1n1_vaccine_sites.

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