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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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
biological
vaccine, influenza
Object Type
Vaccine
date made
ca 1957 - 1958
expiration date
1959-03-25
maker
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)
Measurements
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
1985.0475.877
accession number
1985.0475
catalog number
1985.0475.877
Credit Line
The Fournet Drugstore Collection
subject
Vaccines
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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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