I would like to take Nasovac Vacine (recently launched in India) for H1N1 for myself (37M) my wife (34F) and kids of age 4.3 & 11 Years. Is it safe ?? Is there any serious side effests? is it safe for all of us to have this vacine.
Nasovac, developed by Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII), can be taken in as a spray through the nostrils and does required to be injected into the body like other vaccine to fight H1N1 swine flu available in the country.
Nasovac is effective in a single dose and no second dosage is necessary as in the case of injectable H1N1 influenza vaccines. The nasal vaccine has been tested in more than 370 people and found safe. Nasovac can prevent H1N1 swine flu infection for one year from the date of manufacture.
The nasal spray vaccine contains live attenuated strains of weakened forms of H1N1 virus developed from the H1N1 virus strain which was supplied by WHO to Serum Institute once H1NI was declared pandemic. This attenuated virus is so weak that it can’t lead to an infection.
Nasovac vaccine will be delivered into the patient’s nose through a device which will be fitted on the top of a syringe. The vaccine will be administered in each nostrils through a quick spray. Like other vaccines, the nasal spray also help develop anti bodies to protect against H1N1.
The vaccine also generate protective antibodies in the nose and throat besides in the blood.The clinical trials of the spray vaccine were conducted from 3 institutes from Pune and one each from Indore and Ahmedabad.
No major side-effects have been noticed during the clinical studies using Nasovac. Nasovac, however, should not be taken by those people allergic to eggs.
Nasovac is safe for children above three years old. The nasal vaccine has also been found to be safe on pregnant rats, suggesting that it can be given to pregnant women. But it has not been advised for pregnant women at the moment, Serum Institute officials said.
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