Adult formulation Hepatitis B vaccine (Engerix®) shortage

26 June 2017 - Communicable Disease Control Branch

SA Health is aware of supply constraints of adult formulation hepatitis B vaccine due to a precautionary halt in the manufacturing process of the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Engerix-B® vaccine. Production has returned to normal, however it will take time to rebuild capacity. Seqirus vaccine, H-B-Vax II® – adult formulation, and hepatitis A and B combination vaccines can still be sourced.

The Engerix-B® and H-B-Vax II® vaccines are manufactured by different processes. Switching mid-course between monovalent hepatitis B vaccine brands is not routinely recommended, however, under the current circumstances it is acceptable. Switching mid-course between monovalent and combination vaccines is not recommended.

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Hepatitis A associated with Frozen Mixed Berries

2 June 2017 - Communicable Disease Control Branch

Nationally four cases of locally acquired hepatitis A virus infection have been genotyped with identical sequence to each other and to cases from the 2015 outbreak of hepatitis A associated with frozen mixed berries.

The manufacturer of frozen mixed berries has instituted a consumer level product recall of Creative Gourmet frozen mixed berries 300gm, best before 15 January 2021 distributed nationally and sold through IGA stores, Foodland and other independent grocery stores. The product has been available in independent grocery stores (Foodland & IGA) since October 2016 with most product sold by March this year.

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