Update on the Pediatric Vaccine Shortage - Adventist HealthCare

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Media Contact: Tom Grant

Published on March 26, 2002

Press Release

Update on the Pediatric Vaccine Shortage

Due to increased demand, manufacturing delays and fewer manufacturers, a handful of routine childhood vaccines are currently in short supply. They include:

  • DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis [whooping cough]).
  • PCV-7 (pneumococcal conjugate vaccine).
  • Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expects all vaccine supplies to recover by the end of the year. As long as supplies remain low, the CDC recommends delaying some vaccines for some children.

Ask your child’s doctor about which vaccines your child needs. If your child’s vaccinations are delayed, be sure to see your child’s doctor when vaccine supplies recover.

For more information on childhood vaccines, call the CDC’s National Immunization Information Hotline at 1-800-232-2522.

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