Bird Flu Vaccine

By: AP
By: AP

A bird flu vaccine being tested at the
University of Maryland School of Medicine is cultured in
laboratory grown cells and not chicken eggs like traditional
vaccines.

The new method allows for the production of larger quantities of
vaccine because drug companies would not be limited by the supply
of specialized chicken eggs used for the manufacture of traditional
flu vaccines.

Doctor James Campbell, the lead investigator on the study, says
the small percentage of people who are allergic to a protein found
in chicken egg-based vaccines also would be able to receive the
vaccine.

The Center for Vaccine Development at the University of Maryland
School of Medicine is seeking 100 healthy volunteers between the
ages of 18 years to 40 years old to participate in the second stage
of the trial.


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