Merck & Co. has recalled a pediatric vaccine commonly used against
Hib, a cause of meningitis, pneumonia, and other diseases and infections.
The vaccine is provided in a series of shots generally beginning within
the 1st two months of life.
The vaccines were recalled because of a problem with sterilization. While
Merck claims that there is no known health threat associated with the
vaccine, if you have concerns that your child has received the vaccine
from one of the recalled lots, please consult your pediatrician immediately
and explain your concerns.
Group B strep meningitis is a potentially deadly infection, which if diagnosed
in a timely manner, is curable with antibiotics. Signs of meningitis include
vomiting, fussiness, irritability, fever, lethargy as well as rash and
blotchy skin. With young children, particularly in the first 28 days of
life, the symptoms vary and frequently appear without fever. If you are
concerned that your child may have meningitis, it is safest to take your
child to an emergency room as soon as possible. A septic workup should
be completed to accurately diagnose and treat the source of infection.