Major recall: kids swine flu shots

By Juan Carlos Fanjul - bio | email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX)-- Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. David Dodson says adults have nothing to worry about.

And neither do children who may have taken a specific swine flu shot that is being recalled right now.

"From a practical stand point I don't think it's going to be a major problem and there is no safety issue for the vaccine," said Dodson.

Over an abundance of caution, French vaccine maker Sanofi Pasteur is recalling 800,000 pre-filled syringes that were given to children ages 6 months to almost 3 years. Kids who already took their shots do not need to re-vaccinate.

The concern started after scientists found the vaccine lost some of it's potency, but it's potent enough to still work.

"There is enough antigen to make sure the vaccine is doing what it's supposed to do," added Dodson.

At the Palm Beach County Health Department they are breathing a sigh of relief.

Dr. Alina Alonso says they won't have to recall any vaccines because the health department did not get any of the affected lots.

However, Florida got 40,000 of the recalled shots and so now the manufacturer is scrambling to find individual doctors who may have gotten them directly.

"The doctors will contact the mother and father of children who had these injections," said Alonso.

St. Lucie County's Health Department also did not receive the affected vaccines.

Indian River County did receive some of the recalled vaccines and are disposing of the unused shots.

As of deadline, Martin County had not reported on it's recalled vaccine status.