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New flu vaccine developed specifically for seniors
How is the market? The influenza vaccine and therapeutics market is expected to reach $6.1 billion this year. By 2022, it is projected to reach $10.2 billion, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.5%. Of the two segments, vaccines is the largest, accounting for 80% of the market. Therapeutics, however, is forecasted to grow the fastest, at a CAGR of 11%. Vaccines are produced by infecting embryos with the flu virus and then harvesting and purifying the virus. The process is slow and would not be able to respond quickly enough to a pandemic. New methods that use other biologics are in development. The World Health Organization is recommending a change to current flu vaccines. It is updating the component the H1N1 virus is based on because the virus evolved. The current component comes from the 2009 pandemic. It will be replaced by a component from a 2015 H1N1 patient. The change is in response to the fact the component is no longer as effective in people from their early 30s through to the end of middle age. The new version will be available next year. Annually in the U.S., influenza costs $5.8 billion in medical costs, according to a Health Affairs study. In 2015, $9 billion in costs was attributed to diseases that could have been prevented with vaccines with $7.1 billion of that amount from unvaccinated individuals. Less than half of American adults were vaccinated for the flu in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control. After the flu, pneumococcal disease had the highest costs at $1.9 billion. Medical professions must work to dispel many vaccine myths, including the disproven theory that vaccine ingredients cause autism.