Dr. Andy

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Thursday, March 09, 2006

Bird flu miscellany

Baxter has shown that it's plasma derived products (such as clotting factor for hemophiliacs and IVIG for patients with immune deficiency) are safe from avian flu. Given that the properties of the avian flu aren't significantly different from the usual influenza virus, at least in a chemical sense. Still good news for patients who depend on these products, particularly given how many hemophiliacs got HIV.

Also, Britian has announced it will reserved the avian flu vaccination for health care workers. This may sound unfair, but given how hard it will be to keep the health care system working in case of a pandemic, it makes sense. Hopefully, others can stay home and avoid exposure, but health workers will be needed to care for patients.


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