Rachelle KhalafDirector, Public Relations and Communications
Houston (December 17, 2009) - As you may have heard in news reports, Sanofi Pasteur has recalled some of the pediatric doses of the vaccine against H1N1 influenza because of declining potency - but the vaccine is safe and is still expected to be protective, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The vaccine affected by this recall is specifically the injectable preservative-free vaccine for children between the ages of six months to 35 months.
The recall poses no dangers to your children if they have been immunized. Parents with children between the ages of six months to 35 months who have received the recalled H1N1 vaccine do not need to take any action. Parents should only ensure that their children get a second dose one month after receiving the first dose if they have not already done so, which is a normal procedure.
If your children have not been immunized, we highly recommend you schedule an appointment and have them immunized as soon as possible, as we are still in the flu season.
Kelsey-Seybold Clinic is Houston's premier multispecialty group practice, founded in 1949 by Dr. Mavis Kelsey in Houston's renowned Texas Medical Center. More than 650 physicians and allied health professionals practice at 36 locations in the Greater Houston area. Kelsey-Seybold offers quality medical care in 65 medical specialties. The organization operates the largest freestanding Ambulatory Surgery Center in the state of Texas and offers state-of-the-art Varian TrueBeam and Varian Edge radiation therapy technology at a nationally accredited Cancer Center. An accredited Sleep Center, comprehensive laboratory services, advanced imaging and diagnostics, 24 onsite Kelsey pharmacies and one specialty pharmacy, and MyKelseyOnline, a secure web portal, are part of its comprehensive offerings. Kelsey-Seybold partners with major insurers to offer value-based commercial health plans. KelseyCare Advantage, a Medicare Advantage plan offered to Houston-area beneficiaries and affiliated with Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, has achieved the coveted 5-out-of-5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid for seven consecutive years.
Kelsey-Seybold has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as the nation’s first accredited Accountable Care Organization and a Patient-Centered Medical Home. Kelsey-Seybold has many physicians in the Greater Houston area certified for excellence in diabetes and heart and stroke care by the NCQA. In addition to these recognitions, Kelsey-Seybold is home to a nationally accredited Breast Diagnostic Center and Endoscopy Center.
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