The health officials across British Columbia are demanding parents in the province to recheck their children’s immunization records due to the recent Chinese vaccine recall. The BC Centre for Disease Control stated that two series of vaccines for DTP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis) did not pass the tests and were recalled in October 2017.
Chinese vaccine for DTP may not immunize the children entirely
According to the health officials in BC, these series of the Chinese vaccine for DTP may not offer immunity entirely, so the children already immunized might need additional vaccination.
The series of the Chinese vaccine were used by the Shangdong and Hebei provinces in China, as well as by the city of Chongqing’s Disease Prevention and Control Center.
According to the manufacturers, the Chinese vaccine against DTP are safe but may not immunize the children entirely.
British Columbia parents asked to recheck children’s immunization records
According to the official Twitter page of BCCDC (British Columbia’s Centre for Disease Control), “BC parents of young children from China advised checking child’s immunization records for the recalled vaccine.”
The health officials advised parents of children under two years of age to recheck children’s immunization records if they lived in Shangdong, Hebei, and the city of Chongqing, China, between March and October 2017.
As reported by the BCCDC, the British Columbia health authorities, the recalled series of the Chinese vaccine for DTP were manufactured by Changchun Changsheng Biotechnology Co., Ltd. (bought by the Shandong Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention) and Wuhan Biological Products Research Institute Co., Ltd. (purchased by the Disease Prevention and Control Centers in Chongqing and Hebei province).
The BC parents were recommended to check the nearest health unit to review their children’s immunization records. Also, the full report on the Chinese vaccine for DTP is available on the official BCCDC website.