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H1N1 vaccine recalled

Forty seven children in Southwest North Dakota have been injected with an H1N1 vaccine that was recalled Tuesday morning, said Sherry Adams, executive officer of the Southwest District Health Unit.

However, there are no safety issues and those who have been vaccinated have no reason to worry, she said. The vaccines are not strong enough, but revaccination is not necessary.

"What they've discovered is these doses probably aren't going to give you quite the immune response that the other ones are, so it's really important to stress that the individuals getting this get their booster shot," Adams said.

The vaccines, which are typically given to children younger than 3 years old, were recalled because they tested slightly below the recommended potency, said Molly Sander, North Dakota Health Department immunization program manager.

"It's a voluntary recall and they're only recalling it because they want to make sure that the doses for the children get the maximum immune response," she said.

Doses of recalled vaccine were administered in Stark County in November, Adams said. However, the booster shot the children are recommended to take should bring their immune response to where it should be, Adams said.

Sanofi Pasteur is the company that produced the vaccines, Adams said. SWDHU will continue using vaccines made by that company, but not those being recalled, she added.

There were 100 doses of the recalled vaccine shipped to Southwest North Dakota, 800 statewide and 800,000 nationwide, Sander said.

"All lots successfully passed pre-released testing for purity, potency and safety," Adams said.

Follow-up testing showed the vaccine's potency declined over time, Adams said.

H1N1 vaccines will continue to be available to the public, and clinics are set up in the region the rest of the week, Adams said.

She expects more than 2,000 doses to be available at the clinic in Dickinson this weekend.

"That will be the flu mist -- which is the nasal (spray) -- we'll have some for pregnant women, children and the general public," Adams said.

The recalled vaccine will not be administered at the clinics, Adams said.

About 5,100 doses of H1N1 vaccine have been administered in the eight Southwest counties since October, Adams said.

H1N1 cases

Adams: 3 confirmed, 12 unconfirmed

Bowman: 2 confirmed, 20 unconfirmed

Billings: No confirmed, no unconfirmed

Dunn: 4 confirmed, 11 unconfirmed

Golden Valley: 1 confirmed, 3 unconfirmed

Hettinger: 3 confirmed, 7 unconfirmed

McKenzie: 10 confirmed, 29 unconfirmed

Slope: No confirmed, 1 unconfirmed

Stark: 13 confirmed, 118 unconfirmed

H1N1 clinics

Today: Killdeer High School, 101 High St. N.W., 2-6:30 p.m.

Thursday: New England School, 1200 Main St., 2-6 p.m.

Friday: Dickinson Armory, 66 Museum Drive, 1-7 p.m.

Saturday: Dickinson Armory, 66 Museum Drive, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Tuesday: Mott School, 205 Dakota Ave., 2-6 p.m.; Prairie School, Fairfield, 12793 20th St. S.W., 2-6 p.m.

Wednesday: Beach High School, 600 N. Central Ave., Beach, 2-6 p.m. -- Vaccinations are free and the clinics are open to the public