Swine Flu Vaccine: What The Heck Is an Adjuvant, Anyway?

While drug makers prepare a swine flu vaccine in anticipation of a possible outbreak this fall, one of the issues yet to be resolved is whether the shots will contain an adjuvant. "It's something that allows the immune system to respond with higher levels of effectiveness," said Dr. David Fedson, formerly a professor of medicine at the University of Virginia and former medical director for the pharmaceutical company Aventis Pasteur. Adjuvants can include various forms of aluminum and are...Full Story
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