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Japan’s Ministry Confirms Efficacy For Booster Inoculation Of Avian Flu Vaccine

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare released April 6 a trial result for pre-pandemic avian flu vaccine. To confirm efficacy and safety, the trial was conducted last summer and 5,971 medical workers in Japan were given the vaccines produced based on H5N1 flu virus. The ministry found that compared to vaccination using only one flu vaccine, a booster inoculation of a different vaccine was effective in building immunity to a wide range flu viruses. Based on the results, the ministry will decide later this year whether to conduct vaccinations prior to a flu pandemic. (Click here for more - Japanese language
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