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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

New Flu Vaccine Made from Insect Cells - Adverse Effects

    Flubok is made using cultured insect cells and can be produced much more rapidly than traditional egg-based flu vaccines. It also contains 3 times more active ingredients than traditional flu vaccines, according to the manufacturer, Protein Sciences Corp. For the upcoming flu season, there were 2 strain changes.
The new flu vaccine made using cultured insect cells is expected to be available in retail pharmacies like Target by mid-August.

Manufactures inserst say adverse reactions include:
 In General:
Immune system disorders: anaphyl
axis, anaphylactoid reactions, allergic reactions, and other forms of hypersensitivity
Guillain-Barré syndrome 
a disorder in which the body's immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system. The first symptoms of this disorder include varying degrees of weakness or tingling sensations in the legs. 

Blood and Lymphatic System Disorders:
Cardiac Disorders:
Ear and Labyrinth Disorders:
Eye Disorders:
Conjunctivitis, eye irritation, eye pa
in, eye redness, eye swelling, eyelid
Gastrointestinal Disorders:
Abdominal pain or discomfort, nausea, swelling of the
mouth, throat, and/or tongue. 
General Disorders and Admini
stration Site Conditions:
Asthenia, chest pain, chills,
feeling hot, injection site ma
ss, injection site reaction, in
jection site warmth, body aches. 
Immune System Disorders:
Anaphylactic reaction including shock, anaphylactoid
reaction, hypersensitivity, serum sickness. 
Infections and Infestations:
Injection site abscess, inject
ion site cellulitis, pharyngitis,
rhinitis, tonsillitis. 

Musculoskeletal and Connective Tissue Disorders:
Pain in extremity. 
Nervous System Disorders:
Convulsion, dizziness, encephalomyelitis, facial palsy,
facial paresis, Guillain-Barré
syndrome, hypoesthesia, myelitis, ne
uritis, neuropathy, paresthesia,
Respiratory, Thoracic,
and Mediastinal Disorders:
Asthma, bronchospasm, cough,
dyspnea, respiratory distress, stridor. 

Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue Disorders:
Angioedema, erythema, erythema
multiforme, facial swelling,
pruritus, rash, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, urticaria. 
Vascular Disorders:
Henoch-Schönlein purpura, vasculitis.
  • Dr. Mark Geier discusses aspects of the flu vaccine

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