A Look At How Flu Vaccines Are Made

Flu season is coming up soon, but have you ever thought about how the vaccines are made? Currently there are three influenza vaccine production technologies that are utilized in the United States.  All meet U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. They are:...

What Is H7N9 and Why is it of Worldwide Concern?

H7N9 is a subtype of influenza A viruses that is sometimes found in birds, but that does not usually affect humans. Many H7 viruses have circulated in poultry for centuries. However, beginning at the end of March 2013, China reported the first new cases of infections...

Whooping Cough Remains a Public Health Concern

It’s National Infant Immunization Week, which serves as a good reminder for parents and all adults to check with their doctors to make sure that their pertussis vaccination, as well as all recommended immunizations, are up to date. Pertussis, a highly contagious...