Duke leads in Swine Flu fight

July 23, 2009 6:29:02 AM PDT
Eight medical centers across the U.S. have been picked to test a Swine Flu vaccine and one of them is Duke right here in Durham.The government is hoping thousands of healthy adults will roll up their sleeves and get the vaccine. The plan is to give each person two shots, three weeks apart beginning in mid August.

If the vaccine appears safe, the same testing will begin on infants and children.

The studies are critical because the government is considering whether to offer a Swine Flu vaccine to millions this fall. Scientists need to learn just how much protection one dose of the vaccine offers. They're hoping to have a good idea of that by early September.

Experts say it ought to be safe because similar to shots given for traditional flu each year.

The H1N1 virus has continued to spread -- four North Carolinians have died from it. About 400 have gotten sick.

It's feared the Swine Flu will grow stronger and have a resurgence this fall.

Click here for more on the details of the study.


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