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Anyone hear anything about the HIB vaccine recall on the news tonight?

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Mommy2Boys
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Anyone hear anything about the HIB vaccine recall on the news tonight?

I missed the news story. I dont think it affects DS b/c his last and only HIB shot was back in June but you never know.


ETA: here is a news story I found on it
HIB vaccine recall

Message edited 12/12/2007 5:11:11 PM.

Posted 12/12/07 5:10 PM
 
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pmpkn087
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Re: Anyone hear anything about the HIB vaccine recall on the news tonight?

thanks for posting! What does this mean for us? What if the vaccines were already administered.

Posted 12/12/07 5:17 PM
 

Krystal
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Re: Anyone hear anything about the HIB vaccine recall on the news tonight?

I did not hear about this. I am so sick to my stomach about all these recalls. How can you find out if your child was given this dose.

Posted 12/12/07 5:22 PM
 

Sp4747
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Re: Anyone hear anything about the HIB vaccine recall on the news tonight?

My DD just had her first dose 2 weeks ago, please if anyone hears anything new please post information.

Posted 12/12/07 5:27 PM
 

bicosi
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Re: Anyone hear anything about the HIB vaccine recall on the news tonight?

The article says that there was no contamination in the vaccine itself, but in the plant where the vaccine.

Posted 12/12/07 5:31 PM
 

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Posted 12/12/07 5:42 PM
 

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Re: Anyone hear anything about the HIB vaccine recall on the news tonight?

great, another thing to worry about Chat Icon

Posted 12/12/07 5:48 PM
 

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Re: Anyone hear anything about the HIB vaccine recall on the news tonight?

well what the heck does this mean? what are we supposed to do now? Chat Icon

Posted 12/12/07 6:00 PM
 

MommyofG
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Re: Anyone hear anything about the HIB vaccine recall on the news tonight?

you have got to be kidding me- now what! and DD had these too all 3 or 4 not sure how many how many they say you "have" to have by age 1 - I am going to call my ped tomorrow they are not there now and find out whats the scoop. I will post what I hear.

Posted 12/12/07 6:06 PM
 

LisaI
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Re: Anyone hear anything about the HIB vaccine recall on the news tonight?

yes, I just heard it on the news here.

No children have been affected, rather there are no cases reported yet and its not the vaccine itself, it's a cross contamination within the plant.

Posted 12/12/07 6:16 PM
 

Diane
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Re: Anyone hear anything about the HIB vaccine recall on the news tonight?

Posted by Aga

great, another thing to worry about Chat Icon


I knowChat Icon

Posted 12/12/07 7:42 PM
 

LisaI
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Re: Anyone hear anything about the HIB vaccine recall on the news tonight?

ok, here is all the information you may need to now about this topic:
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/recalls/hib-recall-faqs-12-12-07.htm

The affected dosages are from April 2007 and on.

December 12, 2007
Voluntary Recall of Certain Lots of Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib) Vaccine Produced by Merck & Co., Inc.: Information for Public Health Agencies and Healthcare Providers
Last month, Merck & Co., Inc. reported that their PedvaxHIB vaccine would be unavailable for shipment pending the results of production quality tests. At that time, Merck expected PedvaxHIB to be available some time in the first quarter of 2008, but reported that the exact timing would be dependent on resolution of a manufacturing issue. On December 13, Merck & Co. will announce that it has initiated a voluntary recall in the United States for certain lots of PedvaxHIB® [Haemophilus b Conjugate Vaccine (Meningococcal Protein Conjugate)] and COMVAX® [Haemophilus b Conjugate (Meningococcal Protein Conjugate) and Hepatitis B (Recombinant) Vaccine]. CDC understands that this recall will present several challenges to our public health and provider partners. We are working rapidly to gather and assess information which will allow us to develop guidance for immunization providers and their patients. We will continue to release information as it becomes available.

Questions
What vaccine is being recalled?
Merck & Co. has initiated a voluntary recall in the United States for ten lots of PedvaxHIB® [Haemophilus b Conjugate Vaccine (Meningococcal Protein Conjugate)] and two lots of COMVAX® [Haemophilus b Conjugate (Meningococcal Protein Conjugate) and Hepatitis B (Recombinant) Vaccine]. The affected doses were distributed in the U.S. starting in April 2007.

The lots that are being recalled are:

Product Description Lot # Expiration Date
PedvaxHIB® 0677U 11 January 2010
PedvaxHIB® 0820U 12 January 2010
PedvaxHIB® 0995U 16 January 2010
PedvaxHIB® 1164U 18 January 2010
PedvaxHIB® 0259U 17 October 2009
PedvaxHIB® 0435U 18 October 2009
PedvaxHIB® 0436U 19 October 2009
PedvaxHIB® 0437U 19 October 2009
PedvaxHIB® 0819U 09 January 2010
PedvaxHIB® 1167U 10 January 2010
COMVAX® 0376U 05 January 2010
COMVAX® 0377U 08 January 2010

No other lots of PedvaxHIB® or COMVAX® and no other Merck products are affected by this recall.



Why are these lots being recalled?
Merck is taking this step as a precautionary measure. The company cannot assure sterility for these specific vaccine lots. The potential contamination in these specific lots was identified as part of Merck’s standard evaluation of their manufacturing processes. In routine testing of the vaccine manufacturing equipment used to produce PedvaxHIB® and COMVAX®, Merck identified the presence of a certain bacteria called Bacillus cereus. Sterility tests of the vaccine lots themselves have not found any contamination.

The potential for contamination of any individual vaccine is low, and, if present, the level of contamination would be low. However, because they cannot guarantee the sterility of these specific lots of vaccine, Merck is conducting this recall.

What is the extent of the recall?
About 1 million doses of vaccine are being recalled, including ten lots of PedvaxHIB® and two lots of COMVAX® that were distributed in the U.S. as well as vaccine lots within the CDC stockpile.

Will children who received vaccine from affected lots need to be revaccinated?
No. Children who received Hib vaccine from affected lots do not need to be revaccinated. No potency concerns have been identified for these vaccine lots.



What are the risks to children who received vaccine from affected lots?
Sterility tests of the vaccine lots themselves have not found any contamination. Merck has not received any reports of abscesses or disseminated B. cereus infection in children who received vaccines from affected lots. In addition, no problems have been detected by the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) related to the Hib vaccine affected by this recall. However, since sterility of the vaccine cannot be assured, if a child was vaccinated with a vial of PedvaxHIB® or COMVAX® that contained B. cereus or other microorganisms, there may be a risk of developing localized or disseminated infections. Immunocompromised children may be at the greater risk for these infections. These infections are most likely to occur within one week after vaccination.

VAERS will continue to monitor adverse events following vaccination as they are reported. Any potentially vaccine-related adverse events should be reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) at 1-800-822-7967 (or at www.vaers.hhs.gov (exit)), and to Merck at 1-800-672-6372.



What should providers do if they have recalled lots in their office?
Providers should immediately discontinue use of any of the affected lots and follow Merck’s instructions for returning recalled vaccine (both VFC and non-VFC vaccine).

How does this impact the nation’s Hib vaccine supply? Are there other Hib vaccine manufacturers?
As a result of this recall, providers who only use Merck Hib vaccines may have none, some or all of their vaccine recalled, and about half of the Hib vaccine in CDC’s stockpile is being recalled. CDC realizes that some providers will be faced with the prospect of having children to vaccinate with no vaccine available. There are two U.S. Hib vaccine manufacturers – Merck & Co., Inc. and sanofi pasteur. In the past, each manufacturer has produced about half of the nation’s Hib vaccine supply.

What is CDC doing in response to the shortage of Hib vaccine?
CDC is in contact with the two U.S. Hib vaccine manufacturers – Merck and sanofi pasteur. CDC is assessing availability of Hib vaccine and timing of future supply, and will make appropriate recommendations soon. Key considerations being addressed by CDC, along with partners such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and a representative of CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, include whether to change recommendations for Hib vaccine temporarily and how to allocate the smaller CDC stockpile of Merck’s Hib vaccines.



Will the shortage of Hib vaccine result in an increase in disease occurrence of Haemophilus influenza type b?
Fortunately, current immunization rates in the U.S. for Hib vaccine are high. In 2006, about 94% of U.S. children 19-35 months of age were vaccinated against Hib. This has resulted in a dramatic decline in transmission of this bacteria; however, it has not gone away completely. Experience has shown that we cannot let down our guard against vaccine-preventable diseases such as Hib. When immunization rates fall we are susceptible to increases in disease occurrence, so we are taking the current situation very seriously.

What should providers tell their patients?
For the time being, providers should continue to use Hib vaccine not affected by this recall according to current ACIP recommendations. If concerned parents contact their providers, they should be informed that children who were vaccinated with vaccine affected by this recall do not need to be revaccinated. Although there have been no reports of any adverse reactions among children who have been vaccinated, parents of children recently vaccinated with recalled vaccine should watch for any signs of infection (such as redness and swelling at the injection site) and contact their providers if such reactions occur. It should be emphasized that sterility tests of samples from the recalled lots have not found any contamination and the potential of contamination of any individual dose of Hib vaccine is very low.

What should providers do if they have no vaccine or little vaccine in their office?
Providers with shortages of vaccine may defer the booster (12-15 month-old) dose of Hib-containing vaccine in fully immunized children who are not otherwise at increased risk of invasive Hib disease (see question 13). Providers who are completely out of Hib vaccine, can contact sanofi pasteur regarding the availability of Hib vaccine to meet immediate short term needs.



What should providers do if they have no or little vaccine in their office and they are a VFC provider?
VFC providers should contact their health department. CDC anticipates additional guidance will be available soon.

Are some children at high risk for Hib?
Yes. Children at increased risk for Hib include: children with sickle cell disease, leukemia and malignant neoplasms, HIV and certain other immunocompromising conditions, asplenia, as well as American Indian and Alaska Native children. Vaccinating these children according to the recommended schedule is a high priority.



Note: Merck has a National Service Center that can answer questions about medical and other issues related to this recall, 1-800-672-6372.


Non-CDC Link Disclaimer: Links to non-Federal organizations found at this site are provided solely as a service to our users. These links do not constitute an endorsement of these organizations or their programs by CDC or the Federal Government, and none should be inferred. The CDC is not responsible for the content of the individual organization web pages found at these links.

This page last modified on December 12, 2007

Posted 12/12/07 8:11 PM
 

Aga
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Re: Anyone hear anything about the HIB vaccine recall on the news tonight?

so I am assuming that our kids are fine since the infection would occur within a week of taking the shot... unbelievable Chat Icon

Posted 12/12/07 9:00 PM
 

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Re: Anyone hear anything about the HIB vaccine recall on the news tonight?

So scary! I put off getting this one until he was 3 months thinking spacing them is "safe" Chat Icon Chat Icon

Posted 12/12/07 9:05 PM
 

Susan
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Re: Anyone hear anything about the HIB vaccine recall on the news tonight?

I'm going to throw up. I hate vaccinations. Being a parent is so scary.

Posted 12/12/07 9:06 PM
 

2BEANS
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Re: Anyone hear anything about the HIB vaccine recall on the news tonight?

My dd was given this shot last month, im calling my peds tomorrow about this.

Posted 12/12/07 9:08 PM
 

smdl
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Re: Anyone hear anything about the HIB vaccine recall on the news tonight?

I am freaking out right now. DS had his vaccination last Friday. Got the redness and swelling on the injection site. Got a VERY high fever the same night to 104 (we called the Ped in emergency). A ped at Schneider hospital called us. He had a 101-102 fever for another 2 days. We had to monitor him. We gave him Tylenol per the Dr.

So now I have to worry.

DH will call the ped tomorrow to verify what batch/lot he got.

What are the possible risk of that infection? Any long time risks?

I am beside myself here.

Posted 12/12/07 9:14 PM
 

Aga
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Re: Anyone hear anything about the HIB vaccine recall on the news tonight?

Posted by smdl

What are the possible risk of that infection? Any long time risks?

I am beside myself here.



see thats what I would like to know myself... it says infection, but what does that mean right? unbelievable!

Posted 12/12/07 9:22 PM
 

Mommy2Boys
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Re: Anyone hear anything about the HIB vaccine recall on the news tonight?

abscesses or disseminated B. cereus infection



This is the possible side effect but I am wondering what kind of infection this isChat Icon

Posted 12/12/07 9:31 PM
 

partyof6
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Re: Anyone hear anything about the HIB vaccine recall on the news tonight?

I put off every damn shot*********I just gave them this first shot and it was this first hib thing...well we just decided tonight I am delaying all damn vaccinations for now..thats it.
they have no idea what reactions there will be until they see it in our kids..the guinea pigs...
I think I am claiming religious beliefs and not doing any vaccinations. I just might..

Posted 12/12/07 9:37 PM
 

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Re: Anyone hear anything about the HIB vaccine recall on the news tonight?

This makes me sooo sick to my stomach!

I do know however that a lot of dr,'s don't use the merck brand so if your DC had the HIB vaccine it doesn't necessarily mean it was the merck one - so def. check b/f getting worried. my son's ped uses the other brand.

Posted 12/12/07 9:37 PM
 

Mommy2Boys
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Re: Anyone hear anything about the HIB vaccine recall on the news tonight?

Now that I think about it DS had another vaccine in November and had a larged red bump on his leg. There is still a bump 2 weeks later which I thought was odd b/c he never had that before. It was the one shot he has gotten that I forgot to write down b/c I didnt have my shot "book" with me Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat Icon Now I am worried it was the HIB vaccine. It makes sense b/c he has a bump and they are saying one of the side effects is an abcess.Chat Icon Chat Icon

ETA: The article also said kids are likely to show a reaction within a week and a week later DS got a bad cold which is still lingering now. Unf*cking believable. I have been so careful and made up my own shot schedule, did research and everything and still this $hit happens. I am so angry if he got one of these shots. Chat Icon

Message edited 12/12/2007 9:49:09 PM.

Posted 12/12/07 9:46 PM
 

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Re: Anyone hear anything about the HIB vaccine recall on the news tonight?

OMGGGGGGGGGGGG

Ok...tell me I am just over-reactng...
ok look...I have 4 kids..my first two never ever got sick--never even a cold--ever until they were over 2..I am the same way..so is my dh.
Both kids as soon as they got the vaccine..within 2 days got a bad cold--I mean bad. I never took them to the doctor because nothing turned green and well heck what are they going to do.
then..they seems to get rid of it and b4 they did it went back around again-it stuck around for almost 3 weeks.
Anyhow..it was the hib shot.
Now they said it can possibly cause a infection? just what kind?
what does that mean? I am not saying they didn't pick up a cold..but I am also not ruling out the fact now that they could have picked up somthing from this shot.
I am calling the doc tomorrow to find out if his doses are in this lot.
I have to tell you though..
my first two are fully vaccinated...
and after a brother with MS and multiple friends of friends that have kids that do not vaccinate--thats kids are perfectly fine.
I no longer feel good about it after looking up vaccination ingredients and then letting them do it--it makes me feel sick---and this is my doctoor that gave me the website that gave me the ingredients so its no ********! its the real ingrdients and its horrifying...forget it.

Posted 12/12/07 9:54 PM
 

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Re: Anyone hear anything about the HIB vaccine recall on the news tonight?

Call your peds. I called mine and they don't use the Merck one. They use a different brand.

Posted 12/13/07 9:36 AM
 

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Re: Anyone hear anything about the HIB vaccine recall on the news tonight?

Posted by Merf99

Call your peds. I called mine and they don't use the Merck one. They use a different brand.



Def call you PEDS! I called mine cause my DD's got 3 doses between the two of them in the last 3 months. Their doses were not in the recalled batches.

Def a piece of mind.

Posted 12/13/07 9:39 AM
 
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