FDA Approves Swine Flu Vaccine


swine-flu-vaccineWith the World Health Organization predicting that the swine flu virus could infect as much as one-third of the world’s population, U.S. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was relieved to announce that the FDA has approved vaccines from four major drugmakers.

Sebelius said the government has already contracted to buy 195 million doses of the vaccine, which will be free to the public beginning in mid-October. According to the FDA, “most healthy adults have a good immune response eight to 10 days after receiving a single shot.” Trials are still underway for children and pregnant women, the two groups most at risk for infection.

As we all know, where there’s a vaccine, there’s controversy, and some people have already expressed concern about the rapidity with which the vaccine was approved. But the FDA claims that the exact same standards used to test the seasonal flu have been used in testing the swine flu vaccine.

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