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Parents Should Postpone Child Vaccine Booster: CDC
Date:12/20/2007

Recall of 1.2 million doses of the standard Hib shot means shortage could last a year, experts say

THURSDAY, Dec. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Last week's recall of vaccines against Haemophilus influenzae (Hib) by drug maker Merck has triggered a shortage of the shots, and that's led the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to recommend that parents delay getting their children the standard type B (Hib) vaccine booster.

Haemophilus influenzae is a group of bacteria that may cause different types of infections in infants and children. They include ear, eye, or sinus infections and pneumonia. A more serious but rare strain can cause meningitis and a life-threatening infection called epiglottitis. H. influenzae is not a cause of the seasonal flu.

On Dec. 13, Merck recalled 1.2 million doses their Hib vaccines due to potential contamination during the manufacturing process. However, the recalled vaccine does not pose a health threat, CDC spokesman Curtis Allen said. "It's a precautionary recall. All the recalled lots have been tested, and there is no indication that there is contamination," he said.

The agency expects the shortage -- which covers Merck's PedvaxHIB and Comvax (Hib/hepatitis B) shots -- to last well into next year. The recommendation was announced Wednesday in a CDC publication, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: Dispatch.

"The booster dose is being deferred temporally in order to save vaccine," Allen explained. "The deferral of boosters will likely be many months, possibly until the end of 2008."

"Parents should continue to get the initial doses of the vaccine," Allen added.

Allen noted that this delay should not cause an increase in Hib-related infections, "primarily because of the herd immunity that is afforded by the number of children who are vaccinated." In 2006, 94 percent of all U.S. children had been vaccinated, Allen said, so the chances of Hib spreading to any one child remain low -- a phenomenon doctors call "herd immunity."

However, the agency is asking that physicians keep track of patients who did not get the booster shot so they can be notified when the shortage is over, Allen said.

The Hib vaccine is recommended for all children under 5 and is usually given in a three-shot series, starting at 2 months of age. The Hib booster is recommended for children at 12 to 15 months. The delay in getting the booster will continue until the vaccine supply improves, the CDC said.

There is one exception to the recommendation, however: The agency recommends that children at high risk for Hib disease continue to receive the booster dose. Children falling into that category include American Indians, Alaska Natives and children with conditions such as asplenia, sickle cell disease, HIV, immunodeficiency conditions and certain cancers.

The CDC took this action in consultation with the its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

More information

For more about Haemophilus influenzae type B, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



SOURCES: Curtis Allen, spokesman, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta; Dec. 19, 2007, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: Dispatch


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