Looking for a Flu Vaccine? Well, Keep Looking.
By Ryan Parsons | None
For those of you preparing for the upcoming flu
season, you may be out of luck on getting your hands on the present Flu
Vaccine Ala Season.
Start your day with a nice dose of illness. Hey, this could save your
Major Flu Vaccine Supplier Temporarily Shut Down
Chiron Corp., the company that brings the US a giant portion of its Flu
Vaccines, has been shut down pending another check from regulations ensuring
that their plant in Liverpool is sterile [an earlier visit from proper authorities
showed problems with sterilization]. The United States had planned on receiving
up to ~50 million doses from the halted company and, with this loss, are
struggling to find alternate approaches of handling the demand of vaccines
during the flu season [the US is trying to fill a quota of ~100 million
doses]. A season that kills between thirty and forty thousand each year
in the US [mostly infants and the elderly].
Two Troubling Ideas
One of the first solutions [besides requesting more production from other
vaccine producers] was to find a way to 'water down' our existing inventory
of the Flu vaccine. The first problem with this is that 'watering down'
cannot be good and that every year we receive new Flu vaccine that has been
created to battle Influenza viruses that are expected to hit that upcoming
year. Giving yourself last year's Flu virus may not exactly protect you
from a different, or mutated, strand.
Even though both the United States and the pharmaceuticals fear a rush on
the Flu vaccine market, they assure us that they are currently working on
finding ways to fill the giant void created by the halt of Chiron Corp.
We will have to wait and see what ideas our government has in store.
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