What is The Swine Influenza Vaccine and Can it Really Prevent The Spread of Swine Influenza

Posted by admin on August 13, 2009 under Swine Flu Vaccine Information | Comments are off for this article

In 2009, the global community was struck by one of the worst epidemics in history.  A disease so viral its spread is virtually impossible to contain and manage.  The Swine Influenza epidemic of 2009 has now achieved a pandemic status.  The first time something like this has happened in the last four decades.

The WHO and many disease control organizations across the globe are scurrying to protect us from this new viral disease.  They are doing this by promoting preventative measures as well as unprecedented cooperation in developing a vaccine. However we must first educate ourselves of what a swine influenza vaccine really is and if there are any serious dangers from the swine influenza vaccine itself.

The development of a swine influenza vaccine is a long and tedious process which can only be undertaken by only a handful of pharmaceutical companies.  The vaccine development process is quite intricate; they utilize various bits of several different flu viruses to construct a vaccine which specifically stimulates the body’s own immune system against the Swine Influenza Virus.  The reason for using bits of the virus is because it would be the only way to generate sufficient quantities of the vaccine (the bits of viruses are actually grown in hen eggs).  After the viruses are extracted from the hen eggs, they are broken down into smaller pieces which ensure the protein coat of the virus is exposed so that it can induce an auto-immune response in humans.

Antibodies are then formed in the blood as a direct response to the external protein particles.  These are the particles that best resemble those of the swine flu virus.  Therefore the vaccine actually loads the immune system full of antibodies which will attack the swine flu virus should a person contract it.

The problem with the swine influenza vaccine is that manufactures such as Glaxo Smithkline who makes both the Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Relenza (zanamivir) swine influenza vaccines is the sheer quantities that are required in order to meet demand.  In order to produce enough vaccines chemical agents called adjuvants will have to be added to the vaccine mix.  Adjuvants are used to stimulate the immune system in order to make more antibodies because of reduced amounts of the actual vaccine (think of it as a booster shot for the vaccine).  The body will only make as much antibodies as it needs to fight off the infection which will require many people to get a second dose of the swine influenza vaccine, further stretching supplies.

Another problem is that the swine influenza virus is building a growing resistance to Relenza and Tamiflu vaccines.  We can only hope that the pandemic will pass and go with as little complications as possible.  However it may return in later years as a more potent mutated virulent form.  Lets pray that we have a powerful enough vaccine in sufficient enough quantities should that unfortunate event occur.  In the meantime make sure you follow standard preventative measures.

CDC to release flu outlook – 9NEWS.com

Posted by swine flu vaccine - Google News on September 18, 2014 under Swine Flu Vaccine Information | Be the First to Comment


9NEWS.com
CDC to release flu outlook
9NEWS.com
CDC to release flu outlook. Flu season in the U.S. can begin as early as October and usually peaks in January or later. 9NEWS at 6 … KUSA- The Centers for Disease Control is releasing new data on influenza vaccination coverage. CDC director Dr

Drugstores, retailers dive deeper into vaccines – Philly.com

Posted by swine flu vaccine - Google News on under Swine Flu Vaccine Information | Be the First to Comment


Philly.com
Drugstores, retailers dive deeper into vaccines
Philly.com
In 1999, only 22 states allowed pharmacists to administer flu shots. A decade later, all 50 permitted the practice, after the outbreak of swine flu, or the H1N1 virus. Drugstores, which had spent years opening locations nationwide, offered plenty of

and more »

Drugstores, retailers dive deeper into vaccines – Philly.com

Posted by swine flu vaccine - Google News on under Swine Flu Vaccine Information | Be the First to Comment


Philly.com
Drugstores, retailers dive deeper into vaccines
Philly.com
In 1999, only 22 states allowed pharmacists to administer flu shots. A decade later, all 50 permitted the practice, after the outbreak of swine flu, or the H1N1 virus. Drugstores, which had spent years opening locations nationwide, offered plenty of

and more »

More retailers offering flu vaccines – Yakima Herald-Republic

Posted by swine flu vaccine - Google News on under Swine Flu Vaccine Information | Be the First to Comment

More retailers offering flu vaccines
Yakima Herald-Republic
1, 2009 file photo, Walgreen's pharmacy manager, Whitney Workman injects a costumer with the seasonal flu vaccine in Columbia, S.C. The nation's biggest drugstores and retailers are grabbing larger chunks of the immunization market, giving customers

Flu hits Dayton area early – Dayton Daily News

Posted by swine flu vaccine - Google News on September 17, 2014 under Swine Flu Vaccine Information | Be the First to Comment

Flu hits Dayton area early
Dayton Daily News
Last season, a strain of the influenza A virus — H1N1, otherwise known as the swine flu — was the dominant strain in one of the largest flu outbreaks in Ohio in the past decade. More than 2,000 people were hospitalized last season, and a handful of

and more »