Influenza continues to kill more people than dreaded diseases like Ebola. According to the World Health Organisation worldwide the flu causes around 250 000 to 500 000 deaths annually. Below is shown my take on Influenza in the domestic setting. An old kitchen scales balances Influenza against a hen egg – the marvel of vaccine production.
The role of eggs in flu vaccine production is essential and eggs have been used to manufacture influenza vaccines for over 70 years. The Influenza virus (as shown above) is injected into the egg and once inside tells the genetic material to generate new viruses. The Evans company outside Liverpool have a huge role to play in this.
But closer to home for me is this is image of the Egg Lady in Skelmersdale Market who told me all about the important role that eggs play in protecting us all against influenza.