Nasal spray swine flu vaccine recalled

Posted: Friday, December 25, 2009

ANCHORAGE, - About 10,400 doses of nasal spray vaccine for swine flu that were distributed in Alaska have been recalled by the manufacturer. The state Department of Health and Social Services says the vaccine went out to about 100 medical providers around the state in October.

The state estimates about 1,500 doses of the recalled vaccine have not been given to patients.

State officials say the vaccine is being recalled because the potency of the affected doses has decreased slightly over time. The manufacturer, MedImmune, has voluntarily recalled the vaccine.

The nasal vaccine should still be effective, and there are no safety issues.

This is the second recall of swine flu vaccine affecting Alaska. Earlier, 1,900 doses of swine flu shots for babies and young children were recalled for the same reason.

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