Argentina: 3-month-old becomes country's first swine flu fatality

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Argentina's health minister says a 3-month-old infant has died of swine flu, the country's first fatality from the disease.

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poconoweeze

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Jun 16, 2009
 
we can send men to the moon yet we can't develope a swine flu shoot. what the heck is going on here?
starlight

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Jun 29, 2009
 
It takes a long time to develop a vaccine – at least six months.

They have to isolate the virus, grow it in a lab, develop a seed strain that will grow well enough to make candidate virus, give it to manufacturers who have to manipulate it for manufacturing, grow enough of the virus for manufacturing, inject it into chicken eggs, recover the virus, purify it, do clinical trails for effectiveness and safety, package the vaccine, then ship it to where ever it will be administered.

The entire process takes about six months if everything goes well – longer if the virus won’t grow well in the labs.

They won’t be able to make enough vaccine for everyone in the country within six months though – it may several months at least to make that much vaccine.

Because we have had no exposure to this virus before, most people will need two shots as well – probably given about three weeks apart. People over 60 or 65 may need only one shot.

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