New Flu Vaccine Uses Caterpillars - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/10/07

New Flu Vaccine Uses Caterpillars

Someday, we may be getting our flu vaccine from caterpillars!

Researchers used a virus that commonly infects caterpillars can be used to create key components of the flu vaccine.

In a test group of about 500 people, some got the caterpillar concoction, some were given a fake vaccine instead and it turns out, the caterpillar stuff was safe and lowered the risk of flu by 86 percent.

So why use caterpillars when we already have a flu vaccine? The report in the Journal of the American Medical Associaiton says this one doesn't use eggs to culture the vaccine. So if you had an allergy to eggs, the caterpillar vaccine would be a good alternative.

The new study was sponsored by the Protein Sciences Corporation.

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