New synthetic flu shot tested in Rochester

Posted at: 01/18/2013 10:19 PM
Updated at: 01/19/2013 8:35 AM

Flu vaccine could soon be produced much faster. A new synthetic vaccine tested in Rochester just won FDA approval.

News10NBC spoke with doctors at the University of Rochester about it. The vaccine called “Flublock” is grown in insect calles as opposed to chicken eggs. Doctors say insect cells are less finicky, allowing the vaccine to grow much faster than the traditional vaccine.

John Treanor, University of Rochester Medical Center, said, “This vaccine is very different because of it being made with the flu virus, this vaccine is made with a synthetic protein that's made using the genes of the influenza at all, that's a huge improvement on the speed in which we can get the vaccine out in the flu season.”

Since this vaccine isn't grown in eggs, it doesn't affect those with egg allergies, meaning you or someone you know who can't have eggs could get this vaccine.