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DOH: Hawaii received recalled child swine flu vaccinations

Dr. Frank Esper Dr. Frank Esper

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Department of Health (DOH) confirms that Hawaii did receive some of the child H1N1 vaccines that are now being recalled. The DOH emphasizes that this is not a safety recall; just some of the doses seemed to have lost potency in the shipping process.

The vaccine was in pre-filled syringes meant for children between the ages of 6 to 35 months. The DOH says that even children who received a dose of the recalled vaccine do not need additional injections.

Children that age already are supposed to take two shots, and they should go ahead and do just that.

Experts stress the vaccine's safety has not been compromised.

"It's not because the vaccine was bad to people, what they're saying is they're not as confident that this vaccine would work as well as they would like," said Dr. Frank Esper, pediatric infectious disease specialist with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta.

The problem is antigens in the vaccine, or proteins our bodies use to build immunity, did not stay at the required level.

Health officials don't believe children who were given the recalled shot need to be re-vaccinated.

"Just because it had less of what we call antigen doesn't mean it didn't work, it just means that our confidence, instead of being 90% sure it may have been 85 or 80% sure," Esper said.

Experts say this is more of an issue for doctors, who now have to return unused vaccine included in the recall.

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