The Hib Vaccine: Health 101

Wasn't the Hib vaccine recalled recently? Should I be worried?

Some Hib vaccines were recently recalled because of potential contamination at the manufacturing site. No side effects or injuries have been reported, and the vaccines all tested as safe. So should you be worried about Hib vaccine safety now?

"Parents have no reason to worry about Hib vaccines offered to their children now," says Neal Halsey, MD, director of the Institute for Vaccine Safety at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Maryland and a member of Parents magazine board of advisors. "And even when the vaccine was recalled, there was no evidence that any kids had been harmed -- it was a precautionary move."

Halsey says parents should be reassured by the reaction from vaccine manufacturers and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). "It shows that vaccine production is being carefully watched and if there's the slightest doubt about safety, the vaccine will be recalled."

Sources: Neal Halsey, MD, director of the Institute for Vaccine Safety at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Maryland and a member of the Parents magazine board of advisors. Paul Offit, MD, Chief of Infectious Diseases at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania and a member of the American Baby magazine advisory board member. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Vaccine Education Center section on Hib Vaccination. Immunization Action Coalition section on Hib Vaccinations. The National Network for Immunization Information section on Hib Vaccination. Medline Plus: a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health section on Hib Vaccination. CDC sections on Hib Vaccination.



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