According to BCCDC, this Chinese vaccine recall affected Hebei and Shandong provinces as well as the city of Chongqing.
Parents are being warned
British Columbia’s health authorities make parent urge to search their toddlers’ records for the specific recalled vaccine in case they got them last year in the parts of China mentioned.
The vaccine DTP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis – which is used to treat a whooping cough), more specifically two batches of it, were recalled in October 2017 because they failed to test, says the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control.
Due to these two batches failing the test, the center affirms that they are not able to facilitate patients with full immunity so children who were given this treatment might need to get some additional vaccines.
What happened to Chongqing, Shandong, and Hebei?
Provincial disease control centers used the two batches which failed the test in the Hebei and Shandong provinces, and they also were used by the Disease Prevention and Control Centre from the city of Chongqing.
Even though the center does not say that this failed test will affect the safety of the patients provided with it, parents of toddlers will get worried no matter what. The ones who got their children vaccinated in the period between March and October 2017 and are less than two years old might want to check their immunization records.
After checking the records of their children and this vaccines comes up, the parent is advised to urge to call their local health authorities so they will not leave with the illusion that their children are safe from tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis.
If you are part of these worried parents, do not wait! Check your toddler’s records and seek help to the nearest doctor office or local health authorities.