Michael Marcus, MD , talks about the swine flu vaccine safety issues.
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Male Speaker: The differences between the 1975-1976 flu vaccine and today, they are not the same kind of vaccines, is that true? Michael Marcus: Correct. There was a whole-virus that they used taking hemagglutinin. When you are giving a standard flu shot, essentially what you are giving, you are giving a hemagglutinin portion. You are not giving the whole-virus. Back in the ‘75, when they were trying to try to produce it so quickly, they did not try to isolate the hemagglutinin; they were using the whole-virus. Male Speaker: Well the analogy I give patients, the original DPT, we had great concern with the whole-cell vaccine, the tremendous problems, we have the new acilia, I don't even get called for fever, hardly ever after giving the vaccine. Michael Marcus: Exactly! It’s the similar type of thing; you are deal with single antigen basically instead of antigens that have been changed and manipulated or there wouldn’t be some other responses systemically. So I find that’s exactly right. I mean that's the analogy we need to work with.