Five million doses of H1N1 flumist recalled, including some in Cache Valley

Drug maker Medimmune voluntarily recalled 5 million doses of H1N1 flu mist late Tuesday afternoon because the nasal spray may lose strength over time. The Bear River Health Department received close to 3100 of the recalled doses. All of these doses were received in October and were distributed by the end of that month. According to the CDC this vaccine was potent when shipped and much of it has already been given. “Fortunately the Bear River Health Department was giving vaccine as soon as it was shipped. We feel confident that the vast majority of our 3100 doses were given while still potent.” said Lloyd Berentzen, Health Officer. According to the CDC the vaccine is safe and those who have received the recalled vaccine will not need to be revaccinated. However as for all H1N1 vaccines, all children 9 and younger should get the recommended two doses of H1N1 vaccine approximately a month apart. If you received H1N1 flu mist from October 5th through the first two weeks of November and are concerned or would like to know if you received a recalled dose please call the Bear River Health Department at 792-6500. The health department has opened H1N1 vaccine to anyone who would like to receive it and have non recalled flu mist doses available. Updates and information are available at

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