And the plot thickens… Merck’s MMR II recalled in Canada

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So, I’m pretty sure most of us haven’t heard about this recall yet.

On December 12th, Alberta Canada recalled the MMR II vaccine which was distributed in Alberta after 5 patients had anaphylactic reactions to the vaccine during a vaccination campaign. All of the patients were adult, had an allergy history and have fully recovered. Clearly, however, something is amiss. Merck Frosst Canada is currently soliciting reports of any adverse reactions elsewhere.

The five cases of illness came from lot 1529U which was distributed in Alberta and has been recalled. They have also recalled two other lots which were made from the same materials: 1528U and 1680U.

And yet through it all comes the very commonly heard phrase told to parents “there is no need to worry…”

Here are some articles that address the topic:

http://www.pharmalot.com/2007/12/merck-recalls-1-million-doses-of-hib-vaccine/

http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=479a7b73-a93c-4505-8c15-3160b3773b80

http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=dd3bb1a6-60ac-4f6f-a4fa-262c917c438e&k=682

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