Five Million doses recalled

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So just how effective was that H1N1 vaccine you received considering this recall.

Drugmaker MedImmune is recalling nearly 5 million doses of H1N1 flu vaccine because the nasal spray appears to lose strength over time, federal health officials announced Tuesday.

The vaccine recall is the second this month caused by declining potency and comes as public health officials urge millions of Americans to get vaccinated against swine flu.

The action affects more than 4.6 million doses, but the vast majority have already been used, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Agency officials said the vaccine was strong enough when it was distributed in October and November.

“The slight decrease in potency is not expected to have any effect on the protective effect of the vaccine,” said Norman Baylor, director of the FDA’s vaccine research office. “We are not recommending revaccination.”

Notice the same claim by the manufacturer – an effort to reassure those who were hoodwinked into getting the vaccine?

Maryland-based MedImmune, a subsidiary of London-based AstraZeneca PLC, voluntarily recalled 13 lots of its vaccine, “due to a slight decrease in potency” discovered through routine quality control testing, said spokesman Tor Constantino.

“It’s not a safety concern. People who have received doses from the affected lots do not need to be revaccinated. The doses were well within potency specification,” he said. (Source: Fox News)

If they were within the potency spec then why the recall?  Perhaps it was just to keep people fearful of a “fake” pandemic?

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