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February 19, 2014

Egg-free Flu Vaccines Provide Faster Pandemic Response

Slashdot: Science - Fetched: February 19th, 2014, 6:00pm EST
eggboard writes "Jen A. Miller has an egg allergy of a variety that her doctor has told her could produce a severe reaction if she were vaccinated for the flu, as flu vaccines are grown from viral strains incubated in chicken eggs. But, she explains, two new approaches have been approved by the FDA and are in production that don't use eggs at all; they're on the market in small amounts already, but will be available in much larger quantities soon. It's not just about egg allergies: the new vaccine types (one relying in insect proteins and the other on animal proteins) provide a much faster turnaround time in response to flu pandemics mdash; as little as two to three months from isolation of a strain to mass production instead of at least six months with eggs."pdiv class="share_submission" style="position:relative;" a class="slashpop" href="http://twitter.com/home?status=Egg-free+Flu+Vaccines+Provide+Faster+Pandemic+Response%3A+http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F1dOcVgI"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/twitter_icon_large.png"/a a class="slashpop" href="http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fscience.slashdot.org%2Fstory%2F14%2F02%2F19%2F2150200%2Fegg-free-flu-vaccines-provide-faster-pandemic-response%3Futm_source%3Dslashdot%26utm_medium%3Dfacebook"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/facebook_icon_large.png"/a a class="nobg" href="http://plus.google.com/share?url=http://science.slashdot.org/story/14/02/19/2150200/egg-free-flu-vaccines-provide-faster-pandemic-response?utm_source=slashdotamp;utm_medium=googleplus" onclick="javascript:window.open(this.href,'', 'menubar=no,toolbar=no,resizable=yes,scrollbars=yes,height=600,width=600');return false;"img src="http://www.gstatic.com/images/icons/gplus-16.png" alt="Share on Google+"//a /div/ppa href="http://science.slashdot.org/story/14/02/19/2150200/egg-free-flu-vaccines-provide-faster-pandemic-response?utm_source=rss1.0moreanonamp;utm_medium=feed"Read more of this story/a at Slashdot./pimg width='1' height='1' src='http://slashdot.feedsportal.com/c/35028/f/647403/s/374cf9f0/sc/26/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/br/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/186530843999/u/49/f/647403/c/35028/s/374cf9f0/sc/26/rc/1/rc.htm"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/186530843999/u/49/f/647403/c/35028/s/374cf9f0/sc/26/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/186530843999/u/49/f/647403/c/35028/s/374cf9f0/sc/26/rc/2/rc.htm"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/186530843999/u/49/f/647403/c/35028/s/374cf9f0/sc/26/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/186530843999/u/49/f/647403/c/35028/s/374cf9f0/sc/26/rc/3/rc.htm"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/186530843999/u/49/f/647403/c/35028/s/374cf9f0/sc/26/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"//abr/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/186530843999/u/49/f/647403/c/35028/s/374cf9f0/a2.htm"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/186530843999/u/49/f/647403/c/35028/s/374cf9f0/a2.img" border="0"//aimg width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/186530843999/u/49/f/647403/c/35028/s/374cf9f0/a2t.img" border="0"/img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdotScience/~4/Swy3YaCQWK4" height="1" width="1"/

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