Swine Flu Vaccine in India launched against H1N1 influenza virus
Swine Flu Vaccine in India launched against H1N1 influenza virus which feared whole world with its increasing death rates. This Swine Flu Vaccine unveiled with health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad. Swine Flu Vaccine created by Zydus Cadilla from an H1N1 strain given by WHO, the single-shot vaccine called Vaxiflu-S will cost a maximum of Rs 350.
H1N1 swine flu has killed more than 18,000 people and affected some 214 countries since the virus emerged in Mexico and the US in April 2009. In India, over 1,500 have died.
Cadilla is ready with 4.5 lakh doses of the vaccine but it will only be given by chemists against prescription. However, Cadilla’s vaccine has some limitations as of now. It can only be used by people aged between 18-60 and can’t be used on small children or pregnant women who are believed to be at high risk of getting infected.
The Swine Flu Vaccine, with a shelf life of a year from date of manufacture, will provide protection only for one year. Also, the inactivated vaccine is egg-based and cannot be used by those allergic to eggs.
However, the Swine Flu Vaccine has been found to be effective and safe with minor side-effects like pain in the area of administration.
Three other Indian companies are also ready with their indigenous swine flu vaccines. Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) has developed an H1N1 vaccine in the form of a nasal spray, which can be used by anybody above the age of three except pregnant women.
Azad said, “Serum’s vaccines should be available by end of June while Bharat Biotech (Hyderabad) and Panacea (Delhi) will be out with their versions by July and August respectively. Once all these vaccines are in the market. Simple tip for swine flu prevention – Swine Flu prevention through N95 Mask.
Symptoms of Swine Flu India:
- Feeling Chilly
- Runny nose
- Loss of appetite
- Body Aches
- Nausea and vomiting
- Throat irritation
- Symptoms related to pneumonia (In people with chronic conditions, pneumonia may develop)