CDC to Reinstate Booster Shots for Babies and Toddlers
The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today that it plans to reinstate booster shots of the vaccine HiB (Haemphilus influenza type b) for babies and toddlers ages 12 to 15 months. The vaccine protects against bacterial meningitis.
In 2007, Merck & Co. Inc. recalled its HiB vaccines due to the fact that some of the production equipment used was not properly sterilized. The CDC said that the HiB vaccine made by Sanofi Pasteur will increase enough to allow reinstatement of the HiB booster in July. However, due to the short supply of the vaccine there will not be a mass recall to administer the vaccine to older children who missed their booster, stated the CDC.
Before the introduction of the vaccine in the early 1990s, about 20,000 U.S. children would come down with illnesses caused by HiB bacteria a year. Vaccination has cut that by 99 percent, according to the CDC.
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