Local clinic reacts to swine flu vaccine recall

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Local medical professionals are taking action after a nationwide recall of the H1N1 vaccine.

At one Chesterfield clinic Tuesday night, a couple of people asked about the recall affecting 23,700 pediatric doses sent to Virginia. The doses in question at that particular clinic were pulled Tuesday morning.

Russ Randall said he's taking a big leap of faith as he pulls up his sleeve for an H1N1 shot. Randall also brought his son to the Chesterfield vaccination site on Hull Street Road for his second dose. The same day a swine flu vaccine recall is announced.

"We're taking a big leap of faith that this is going to protect us, or keep us well," said Randall.

Tests showed 800,000 pediatric doses of the vaccine, nationwide, weren't strong enough. That includes more than 23,000 distributed last month to 64 Virginia health districts and doctors offices. State health officials said this isn't a safety issue.

"We found these particular lots had some minimal decrease in potency," said Dr. Diane Helentjaris, Director of the state's Office of H1N1 Response.

Dr. Helentjaris said children, age six months to three years, who've already received their first dose, should get the second shot as recommended.

"This really should not change a parents actions as far as their children's vaccination," said Dr. Helentjaris.

Randall said he hopes the government is looking out for his well being --- as he does the same for his family.

"Any precaution that I can take to keep them from getting really sick. I just wanted to do that for my family," said Randall.

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