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CANNELTON - News this week that some lots of pediatric H1N1 vaccine are being recalled shouldn't be of concern to parents who obtained their children's vaccines locally, the county's public health nurse said Wednesday.
None of the vaccine administered by the Perry County Health Department or local health-care providers was included in the four lots of pediatric syringes being recalled.
Health officials said vaccine in those lots were found to have decreased levels of antigen. The concentration of vaccine antigen found in retesting these lots is still expected to be effective in stimulating a protective response.
"Although some of these recalled vaccines have been given in southern Indiana, these lot numbers have not been given through the Perry County Health Department or any other H1N1 providers in Perry County," Public Health Nurse Sara Gehlhausen told The News.
Gehlhausen said it's important for those who have not received their H1N1 vaccine to do so, since there is a chance of further outbreaks in early 2010, a third wave she said coincides with the seasonal flu season of January to May.
"Historically a third wave does not produce more disease than the other waves, but unexplainably produces more deaths," she said. "There is no way to know what this pandemic flu will do, only time will tell. It is important though, to take advantage of the vaccine that is available. "
The vaccine is available to everyone regardless of age or health condition from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays at Perry County Family Practice Center near Leopold and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays at The Perry County Health Department.
H1N1 vaccine is also available in Cannelton at Dr. Ana Lagunzad's office, in Tell City at Werner's Drug Store and Multicare (Marilyn Ayer), in Troy with Lisa Miller and in Leopold with Dr. Lori Munsie.