How the H1N1Vaccine is Made

Jason Kottke has written a semi-lengthy post about the process for creating the H1N1 vaccine (and vaccination in general): “The most striking feature of the H1N1 flu vaccine manufacturing process is the 1,200,000,000 chicken eggs required to make the 3 billion doses of vaccine that may be required worldwide. There are entire chicken farms in the US and around the world dedicated to producing eggs for the purpose of incubating influenza viruses for use in vaccines. No wonder it takes six months from start to finish. But we’ll get to that in a minute.”

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  • Amy November 25, 2009, 9:17 pm

    I feel a little silly reading this – seeing as I just got vaccinated a few hours ago. I was asked five times if I had an egg allergy though!