Subject: Fwd: Flu Shot Info
How the vaccine works:
Influenza vaccine is produced by growing the virus in eggs. The virus
killed and processed to create the vaccine, which is given by
under the skin. The body then produces antibodies to the virus over
next two to four weeks. If the immunized person then comes into
with the influenza virus, the antibodies attack and kill the virus
before it has a chance to cause infection. The vaccine contains the 3
most likely strains to be active during the "flu season"
Why the shortage:
Almost half of the nation's flu vaccine will not be delivered this
Chiron, a major manufacturer of flu vaccine, will not be distributing
influenza vaccine this flu season. Chiron was to make 46-48 million
doses vaccine for the United States. Chiron is a British company.
Recently British health officials stopped Chiron from distributing and
making the vaccine when inspectors found unsanitary conditions in the
labs. Some lots of the vaccine were recalled and destroyed.
Why is our vaccine made in the UK and not the US?
The major pharmaceutical companies in the US provided almost 90% of
nations flu vaccine at one time. They did this despite a very low
margin for the product. Basically, they were doing us a favor. In the
late 80's a man from North Carolina who had received the vaccine got
flu. The strain he caught was one of the strains in that years vaccine
made by a US company. What did he do? He sued and he won. He was
almost $5 million! After that case was appealed and lost, most US
pharmaceutical companies stopped making the vaccine. The liability out
weighed the profit margin. Since UK and Canadian laws prohibit such
frivolous law suits UK and Canadian companies began selling the
in the US.
By the way...the lawyer that represented the man in the flu shot law
suit was a young ambulance chaser by the name of JOHN EDWARDS...
DeEtte Edens, RN, BA, BSN
Coordinator of Student Health Services
South Plains College
1401 College Avenue, Box 176