H1N1 Transitions: FDA Selects Pandemic H1N1 for Inclusion in 2010-11 Seasonal Flu Vaccine

A US Food and Drug Administration vaccines panel voted to follow World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations to include pandemic H1N1 in the seasonal flu vaccine for 2010-2011. A/California/7/2009 (the pandemic strain) will replace A/Brisbane/59/2007 for the H1N1 component of the trivalent (three-strain) influenza vaccine.  FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee also voted to switch the A/H3N2 component of the seasonal trivalent vaccine from the 2007 Brisbane strain to a A/Perth/16/2009 virus, and also to retain a B/Brisbane/60/2008 strain for the influenza B component, as WHO had advised.

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