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Vaccine development for H7N9 flu problematic: Viruses in H7 family prove resistant to vaccines developed so far
…clinical trials of vaccines made to protect against other viruses in the H7 family have shown the vaccines don't induce much of an immune response, even when people are given what would be considered very large doses.
"In all cases where these vaccines were trialed, it was found that the vaccines were poorly immunogenic," said Nancy Cox, the virologist who heads the influenza branch at the U.S. Centers for Diseases Control in Atlanta.
…Countries with standing pandemic flu vaccine contracts are holding off on making a decision about whether to order H7N9 vaccine, watching how the outbreak unfolds. Meanwhile, vaccine manufacturing facilities are still tied up with the production of regular vaccine for the 2013-14 Northern Hemisphere flu season.
IF they can make a vaccine in time (They're wayyy late for starting and nothing was going yet. This strain is new to form and mutate) then I may even take a flu shot myself.
Originally posted by 727Sky
One thing about it if you do get this bug it appears the faster an admittance to the hospital the chances of survival do increase. Still to sketchy to get a handle on this new virus but it does seem to be spreading.
Originally posted by below
Interesting... wonder what is done in the hospital to help fight the virus.
The Influenza Virus “Gene Pool”
• Historical literature and complex surveillance and gene sequence analysis of influenza viruses in nature suggests that gene segments of influenza A viruses are uniquely promiscuous within their primary aquatic bird reservoir - constant reassortment and transient gene constellations
• Much greater gene constellation stability appears to exist when a successful 8 segment gene constellation jumps from aquatic birds to infect a secondary host such as poultry, pigs, horses, humans etc.
• The adaption to the secondary host provides a “stabilized” 8 segment genome that then is transmitted
Genes originating from viruses of three animal species and two hemispheres
One Flu is a Public and Animal Health Partnership
Getting Back to Push Button Risk Assessment
• Influenza pandemics and epidemics are unpredictable
• All human pandemic influenza viruses acquired some or all of their gene segments from the avian influenza A virus gene pool
• Diverse influenza A viruses are widely distributed globally in their natural reserviors
• Once there is a jump into an “unnatural” host many things can occur: dead end replication; limited onward transmission; widespread transmission in a region; global pandemic
• Sporadic transmission to humans of a novel influenza
virus is a red flag and public health risk assessment must occur
...my CT mindset thinks they just may have hit pay dirt on this one and in the scheme of things it was a manufactured virus in the first place. Man made or natural it just seems as if they are wanting to see billions taken off the bottom feeder status. As we see consumers continue to multiply and agriculture and resources dwindle to alarming numbers, water and pollution from over worked factory output, it is a small wonder why they would want to eliminate people rapidly and soon.
I do not trust the vaccines that are going to come out of this yet anyone who refuses will fast become criminal and social pariahs.
Originally posted by Knives4eyes
Whenever I see this topic it always brings me back to this news story I read long ago. It's a rather curious story about a scientist who makes 5 mutations to a varation of bird flu making it extremely contagious.
In that experiment, researchers had taken a bird flu gene and put it in the swine flu virus that started spreading between people a couple of years ago. Mice infected with this lab-created virus got very, very sick.