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Influenza Virus Vaccine, Monovalent Type A - Each ml. Contains 200 CCA Units Asian Strain

Influenza Virus Vaccine, Monovalent Type A - Each ml. Contains 200 CCA Units Asian Strain

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Description (Brief)
This vaccine was formulated specifically to combat the H2N2 “Asian strain” which caused the Asian Flu pandemic of 1957-58, our first pandemic since 1918, resulting in 70,000 deaths in US. Scientists at Walter Reed Medical Center obtained a sample of the virus in April 1957, and the first vaccines were ready for distribution by September. Thimersol, a mercury derivative, is listed as a preservative. It would eventually be eliminated from most vaccines due to fear that it may cause neurological damage to infants.
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Object Name
vaccine, influenza
Object Type
date made
ca 1957 - 1958
expiration date
National Drug Company
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Physical Description
influenza virus monovalent Type A, Asian strain, 200 CCA units (drug ingredient)
Thimersol,1:10,000 (drug ingredient)
overall: 4.5 cm x 3 cm x 3 cm; 1 3/4 in x 1 3/16 in x 1 3/16 in
overall, box: 1 1/8 in x 2 in x 1 1/8 in; 2.8575 cm x 5.08 cm x 2.8575 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
The Fournet Drugstore Collection
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Health & Medicine
The Antibody Initiative
Antibody Initiative: Influenza
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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