FDA Approves First U.S. Vaccine for Humans Against the Avian Influenza Virus H5N1

Well its a start!

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced the first approval in the United States of a vaccine for humans against the H5N1 influenza virus, commonly known as avian or bird flu.

The vaccine could be used in the event the current H5N1 avian virus were to develop the capability to efficiently spread from human to human, resulting in the rapid spread of the disease across the globe. Should such an influenza pandemic emerge, the vaccine may provide early limited protection in the months before a vaccine tailored to the pandemic strain of the virus could be developed and produced. 

Here is the full FDA announcement:   http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2007/NEW01611.html

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