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By Kristen M. Daum, Published December 23 2009

More H1N1 vaccines recalled

FARGO — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a voluntary recall of 4.7 million doses of the H1N1 nasal mist vaccine distributed nationwide.

Health officials said there is no safety concern for the public, and individuals who received the recalled doses do not need to be revaccinated.

The recall is the second of its kind in as many weeks, dealing with reduced potency in the vaccine discovered during the CDC’s routine testing this month.

About 13,500 of the recalled doses were shipped in mid-October to 187 providers across North Dakota – including Fargo Cass Public Health, said Keith LoMurray, the state health department’s immunization information system coordinator.

LoMurray said officials assume all of the doses have been administered by now, but the state hasn’t received confirmation on 1,500 of the recalled doses as to whether they were given out.

The Minnesota Health Department is gathering numbers of how many doses were received in the state and where they were shipped.

Last week, the CDC announced a similar voluntary recall of some 800,000 doses shipped nationwide targeted for children ages 6 months to nearly 3 years old. Of those, 10,100 doses were distributed to North Dakota and Minnesota health agencies.

For more on this story, read Thursday’s Forum.