Health experts still working on H1N1 swine flu vaccine, which should be ready by fall

By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, July 20 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the vaccine to protect against the 2009-2010 seasonal flu, health officials announced Monday.

The agency noted that this vaccine will not protect people from the new H1N1 swine flu that has reached pandemic proportions around the world and is expected to return to the United States in the fall. A separate vaccine to protect against that flu strain is now under development and about to undergo testing. The swine flu vaccine is expected to be available sometime in the fall, according to the FDA.

“The approval of this year’s seasonal influenza vaccine is an example of the FDA’s important responsibility to assure timely availability of vaccine to help protect the health of the American public,” Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, the FDA’s commissioner of food and drugs, said in a prepared statement. “A new seasonal influenza vaccine each year is a critical tool in protecting public health.”

This year’s vaccine contains:

  • an A/Brisbane/59/2007 (H1N1)-like virus.
  • an A/Brisbane/10/2007 (H3N2)-like virus.
  • a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus.

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