800,000 swine flu vaccinations recalled

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Health officials across the nation are scrambling to recall 800,000 doses of swine flu vaccination.

El Paso County received 200 doses of the recalled vaccination, and health officials emphasize the recall is not because of safety violations. Providers in the community who might have received those doses will be notified by the health department and asked not to use the lot number.

Tests indicate that the vaccines – meant for children ages 6 months to 3 years – are not strong enough to prevent them from catching the virus.

The vaccinations were tested at Sanofi Pasteur before they were shipped and were strong enough. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the vaccines lost their potency during the shipping process.

The El Paso County Department of Health and Environment said that none of the recalled vaccine was used at any of their public clinics.

Health officials said that only specified lots of the swine flu pediatric vaccine are affected – and that there is no reason to have children re-vaccinated, because the potency is only slightly below the specified range.