Coronavirus Vaccine

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February 15, 2013:
Person-to-person coronavirus outbreak in the UK leads people to seek information on vaccines and prevention of viral outbreak.

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Vaccine Production:

One of the problems with the production of any vaccine is that viruses essentially have to be "grown" in the laboratory and this takes time to create a significant number of doses. Vaccines also can have their own issues, and may create secondary illnesses, but the overall approach is to prevent the more dangerous outbreaks that could cause fatalities among larger groups of people.

Is there a vaccine available for the coronavirus?

SARS and other coronaviruses have a high rate of fatality among the infected.

CoronavirusCoronavirus vaccines are actually available for dogs and other veterinary applications, but have not come onto the market for humans at the time of this writing. In dogs, the coronavirus produces gastrointestinal symptoms, and is not generally fatal unless it happens in combination with the parvovirus, both of which can be contracted in environments like kennels, dog shows, dog parks, and casual (for dogs)contact.

Perhaps the most famous coronavirus, SARS, made international headlines in 2002 because of the high rate of fatality among those who caught it. The fear among health authorities is that a fast spreading coronavirus could cause an outbreak that would reach pandemic levels rivaling the 1918 outbreak of Spanish Flu. The high mortality rate for coronaviruses has led to a great deal of vaccine research, and the fact that animal vaccines are available would tend to indicate that a large-scale vaccination program may be made available for humans at some point. However, like the flu virus, the ability of this germ to mutate into different strains means that a single lifetime injection may not eradicate the virus. Instead, it may be necessary to identify the most deadly strains and create a treatment that could prevent such an outbreak.

Notes and Special Information

Special note: The UK coronavirus, which spreads person-to-person, has created new interest in prevention of outbreaks.