Vermont Not Affected by Vaccine Recall

For Immediate Release: December 13, 2007
Contact: Communication Office
802-863-7281

BURLINGTON – The Vermont Department of Health announced today that it does not purchase either of the two pediatric vaccines recalled by Merck & Co. yesterday. As a result, Vermont health care providers and their patients are not impacted by the recall.

The two vaccines PedvaxHIB® and COMVAX® contain Hib (Haemophilus Influenzae Type b), which prevents meningitis in children.  Merck, as a precautionary measure, voluntarily recalled the vaccine due to concerns about the sterility of the vaccine.

The Vermont immunization program provides Hib vaccine to all Vermont health care providers, but does not purchase either of the two vaccines that are part of the recall.  Vermont purchases ActHIB® vaccine manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur based in Pennsylvania.

The vaccine is part of the Vermont recommended immunization schedule for children ages 2 - 15 months.

For questions related to the recall please call 802-863-7638 in Vermont or 1-800-464-4343. For more information about the recall, please visit www.healthvermont.gov.

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