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This year’s flu vaccine “disappointing” against main flu virus
- By Howard E. LeWine, MD, Chief Medical Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
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Howard E. LeWine, MD, Chief Medical Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
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Yup 🙂 i agree…. flu virus is very dangerous and its vaccine taking a huge worth every year
Why don’t they simply make a multivalent vaccine, targeted at a range of possible viruses? (I’m aware there will be complications, and this is a genuine question). Is it simply a matter of cost?
I agree that the flu vaccine is worth taking each year even though it may not match with the flu strains most common. Thank you for the article.
It seems like the FDA is trying to predict the flu strains much earlier than in past years. This can be good for the manufacturers but not so good if you need to get it right. Also, other years when it was discovered that another flu strain had cropped up the FDA and the manufacturers were able to get an updated vaccine into distribution before the new strain could get going. What happened this year to that effort? Makes you wonder what would happen if the deadly varieties that we have been worried about became endemic, could
the system respond in time to prevent catastrophe.
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