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Vaccine Recall: What Parents Need to Know

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posted on Dec, 13 2007 @ 04:16 PM
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Vaccine Recall: What Parents Need to Know


www.time.com


Merck announced that it is voluntarily recalling 1 million doses of two common childhood vaccines, routinely given to children under 5. Here's everything you need to know about the recall.

(visit the link for the full news article)


Related News Links:
www.reuters.com
www.forbes.com

[edit on 12/13/2007 by JacKatMtn]




posted on Dec, 13 2007 @ 04:16 PM
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Merck is recalling the vaccines because they are tainted with the bacteria Bacillus cereus.

The company says there is not a serious health risk but it will make the vaccines, one which is used in the prevention of Hib disease hard to get in certain areas.

The article does give tips for parents in light of this recall.

www.time.com
(visit the link for the full news article)

ED:corrected sentence.


[edit on 12/13/2007 by JacKatMtn]



posted on Dec, 14 2007 @ 07:59 AM
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This is a US only recall according to this article, so our friends to the north in Canada need not worry about this recall though at the end of the article it mentions that it is having issues with another Merck product:


Merck vaccine recall doesn't affect Canada: official

..."Those products are not distributed in Canada, so this is a U.S.-only recall,'' said Merck Frosst Canada spokesman Vincent Lamoureux. "There is no link to our business in Canada.''

On Tuesday, Health Canada warned provinces and territories not to use another Merck Frosst product — three lots of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine — while it investigates five suspected cases of anaphylaxis in Alberta patients. All the patients were young adults who had a previous history of allergy.

The five cases were associated with lot 1529U of MMR-II vaccine.



posted on Dec, 20 2007 @ 06:46 AM
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The CDC is urging doctor's to delay giving the booster shots to infants until the supply of the recalled vaccines can be replenished.

High risk patients will still be given the booster which is usually administered at the age of 12 and 15 months.


Doctors should defer booster shots of vaccine-CDC

CHICAGO, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Doctors should defer giving booster shots of a widely used childhood vaccine in the wake of a voluntary recall last week of 1.2 million doses by Merck & Co Inc, U.S. health authorities said on Wednesday.



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[edit on 12/20/2007 by JacKatMtn]



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