Advice regarding re-vaccination after faulty Chinese vaccines updated 14th August 2018
The Chinese Government has confirmed DTap (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) vaccines given in Hebei, Shandong and Chongqing between March and October 2017 were ineffective.
If you know of a child who was vaccinated during this time in one of these provinces please ask them to visit their GP to discuss revaccination.
New Zealand's Immunisation Advisory Centre website states 2 batches of DTaP vaccine were recalled by the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) on 29 October, 2017 after failing potency testing. This issue is one of vaccine potency, not vaccine safety, ie, the vaccines are not expected to have caused any harm but may have not protected babies as they should.
None of these vaccines were distributed within New Zealand.
If you are a health provider you may wish to display one of these Chinese posters.