Local vaccine not among that recalled

By BOB JOHNSON
Register City Editor

The H1N1 nasal vaccine available in Allen County and that already administered was not among those lots cited for voluntary recall last week. The recall has to do with shelf life of the vaccine, said Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips, director of the KDHE Division of Health.
The voluntary recall occurred just before Christmas when the Kansas Department of Health and Environment was notified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that the active ingredient in certain lots of the nasal vaccine, which contains live virus, was expected to fall below the specified limit before the manufacturer’s original expiration date. The ingredient, an antigen, is what stimulates an immune response in an individual, the KDHE said.
Cherokee, Crawford, Labette, Montgomery and Neosho counties in southeast Kansas received lots marked for recall.
Meanwhile, Wendy Froggatte, public health nurse at Southeast Kansas Multi-County Health Department, said she had 500 doses of injectable vaccine on hand. Anyone, regardless of age, may come to the health center at 221 S. Jefferson to be vaccinated without charge.
Froggatte said she didn’t anticipate a shortage and that “I can get more doses if we need them.”
The health center had no nasal vaccine today. Froggatte anticipates receiving another 100 doses within a few days.
KDHE reported earlier that another round of H1N1 influenza was expected to strike Kansas this winter.
More information about H1N1 and vaccination to prevent it is available by calling the health center at 365-2991.

FROGGATTE told the Register today that 2,130 people had been vaccinated at all clinics in Allen County.
Of those, 978 school children, ages 5 to 18, have been vaccinated. Among younger children, 192 ages 24 to 59 months have been vaccinated, as have 41 younger than two years.
Among adults, highest participation has been among the 25 to 49 age group with 423. In the 19 to 24 age group, 89 have been vaccinated, 264 of those 50 to 64 and 143 of people 65 and older.
The total is 16 percent of Allen County’s 13,300 residents.