10 November, 2008

Influenza vaccine

Photo 1) Influenza virus.                     
             Linda Stannard, Department of Medical Microbiology, University of 
                 Cape Town.    
Photo 2) Influenza vaccine

Influenza vaccine for this season contain 3 strains.      
i)  A/Brisbane(H1N1)     
ii)  A/Uruguay(H3N2)    
iii) B/Florida

The dosage for child and administer 2 doses( at least, separately 
by 1 week ~ 4 week).

 1     ~    6        ------- 0.2ml
 6≧  ~   13       ------- 0.3ml
  13 year ≧       ------- 0.5ml

At present, Nasal type vaccine(live, attenuated) is not available 
in Japan.  It's  very simple one. Just spray the vaccine solution
into each nostrils. It's trade name is Flumist® and manufactured 
by MedImmuneLLC.  

I hope, quickly being conducted the clinical trial of this vaccine
in Japan.

Any questions:  write to Keiji Hagiwara, MD