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BASEL, Switzerland — Swiss pharmaceuticals company Novartis AG said Friday it has successfully produced a first batch of swine flu vaccine weeks ahead of expectations.
The vaccine was made in cells, rather than grown in eggs as is usually the case with vaccines, the company said.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States could authorize emergency use of some currently unapproved immune system boosters called adjuvants to make a swine flu vaccine more effective, an official at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday.
A big challenge facing manufacturers of a vaccine for the new swine flu story" H1N1 flu will be making sufficient quantities of vaccine from a limited supply of active ingredient, or antigen.
"There are a couple of adjuvants that are being looked at now," he said. "There's nothing that's been approved for use in the United States, but there are several that could possibly get emergency use authorization if it appeared it was called for."
Chemically, the adjuvants are a highly heterogenous group of compounds with only one thing in common: their ability to enhance the immune response-their adjuvanticity. They are highly variable in terms of how they affect the immune system and how serious their adverse effects are due to the resultant hyperactivation of the immune system.
Originally posted by miraclerock
Just in time for WHO level 6. I would never get a vaccination ever again I wish I would have not had the ones I did when I was younger, it was almost the only few times in my entire life that I was sick, it's only anecdotal but it is enough evidence for me. Medicine needs to be about making people well again it, like everything else, has just become another industry that only cares about profits.
A family member of mine works in the hospital and have to get a flu shot every year. Each year they were sick. The year they did not take the flu shot they were not sick.
I was not aware that your body could become resitant to the different strains of the flu virus that comes out each year. If that was the case then why would you need any more than one immunization for it in a lifetime?
Originally posted by Applesandoranges
On the FDA website the swine flu vaccine side effects is not pretty. 12 Japanese kids committed suicide from the side effects of the vaccine.
Originally posted by LeaderOfProgress
Couldn't the virus mutate due to the vaccine? Not to be too fictional but kind of like the virus on "I Am Legend" did. They created a vaccine then it changed into something new and highly contagous.