Mutating Virus's and Useless Vaccines

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Registered: 04-09-2008
Mutating Virus's and Useless Vaccines
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Fri, 12-19-2008 - 12:17pm

I can't help but comment. If everyone remembers reading the article about trying to now give the bird flu vaccine alongside with the flu vaccine the below article represents nicely why this is such idioticy. It is completely baffling where the common sense is as it relates to mutating virus's. (not to worry though, we got a huge supply in the national stockpile (oh wait, it's mutating

Rands

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Registered: 04-09-2008
Wed, 12-24-2008 - 11:12am
I'm sorry - I wasn't clear.

Rands

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Registered: 06-24-2008
Wed, 12-24-2008 - 11:01am
I'm going from memory so my time frame may be a "little off" but I believe it's close - that it takes 7 years to develop a vaccination for one strain (assuming however it's not fast tracked).



The flu vaccine is developed, new, each year .. it does not take 7 years .. it takes several months .. the strain that is believed to be the one circulating (based on epidemiological research) is identified, and the information is sent to the vaccine manufacturers, who get to work growing it in chicken eggs .. H1,2,3 and even 1 H5 (I believe) have been approved for vaccines .. its just a matter of altering the make-up slightly (in a nutshell). Of course a flu vaccine made 7 years ago would be useless, the chances of that strain of influenza being the one circulating now is probably slim to none.



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iVillage Member
Registered: 04-09-2008
Mon, 12-22-2008 - 8:05am

I felt obligated to find this given I mentioned it - I knew I remembered reading this somewhere.

Rands

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Registered: 04-09-2008
Mon, 12-22-2008 - 7:37am
The point I was making that you hit on with your 2nd paragraph is the mutating virus's.

Rands

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-24-2008
Fri, 12-19-2008 - 7:16pm

The strain of bird flu found in American fowl is different from the Asian strain of bird flu and is far less virulent than the Chinese strain of bird flu. The same influenza vaccine is not used around the world, because influenza is different in different regions / hemispheres.

Additionally -- who is to say that farmers were using the vaccine properly -- vaccinating all birds and at the proper intervals -- if some birds are vaccinated and others are not the copies of the virus that are able to "survive" and reproduce in birds is the copy that will continue to multiply .. we already know viruses are capable of mutating, some at a very fast rate (HIV?). A poor Chinese chicken farmer might not be able to vaccinate all of his birds .. and is likely not ensuring his chickens don't have contact with other birds (ducks / geese ,etc.) who can also contract and spread a mutating virus.



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