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FDA Approves New Flu Vaccine

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Flu vaccines don't normally come to mind in the middle of June, but recently the FDA released some good news for those who are planning on getting vaccinated come next flu season.

Doctors say in the past it would take companies up to six months to get a flu vaccine out on the market. During that time, the virus had a chance to mutate, so by the time many people got their shot it no longer prevented that particular strain of flu. The good news is the FDA has approved a brand new U.S. site to make a cell-based flu vaccine. The vaccine is called Flucelvax, and it can now get on the market in weeks instead of months.

"A new technology has been developed using dog cells. We actually use those cells grown in prolific numbers to nurture the influenza vaccine-the components of the influenza," says Dr. Kent Martin of Sanford Health.



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