The last thing you need as a new mother is another concern, unfortunately Merck & Co. issued a press release giving you one more thing to worry about.
According to the Center For Disease Control, about one million doses of the Merck & Co. manufactured common Hib vaccines are being recalled because of a risk of contamination. The Hib vaccine is administered to children two-months-old and up and is intended to prevent meningitis and pneumonia, among other infections.
Luckily, Merck has not received any reports of abscesses or disseminated B. cereus infection in children who received vaccines from affected lots. For children who have been given the specified lot, they may be at risk for developing localized or disseminated infections. The good news is that these type infections should show up within one week of the vaccination.
While most parents will probably be concerned about whether their children received one of the contaminated vaccinations, others might worry about the availability of sterile ones for their child's next appointment. The CDC says it is assessing availability of the Hib vaccine and timing of future supply, and will make appropriate recommendations soon.
If you have more questions regarding this recall, Merck & Co. has a National Service Center available at 1-800-672-6372.