Fake flu shots were given out last week at an Exxon Mobil Corp. health
fair and an investigation was under way, authorities said.
Exxon Mobil spokeswoman Treacy A. Roberts said Thursday that the Federal Bureau
of Investigation told the company that the shots administered were "definitely
not the flu vaccine."
FBI officials did not explain how they found out about the potential fraud,
Exxon Mobil offered blood tests and counseling to the up to 1,000 employees
who took part in the health fair at the oil company's vast complex of refineries
and chemical plants just east of Houston.
It doesn't appear that the fake shots were harmful, but steps were
being taken to ensure workers' safety, U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg said in
a statement Thursday.
The FBI and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating what was
in the syringes and whether others might have received the fake vaccine, Rosenberg
Jeanne Miller, another Exxon Mobil spokeswoman, said a doctor provided the shots
in Exxon's first use of an outside contractor for the health fair. In the past,
she said, flu shots at Exxon health fairs have been offered by company medical
Miller declined to identify the doctor because of the federal investigation.