The flu is often considered to be a passing phase that causes nothing more than a few days of irritation. However, epidemics of widespread influenza have been known to cause death in countries that are not equipped to deal with the illness. Vaccines have become more popular in recent years to prevent outbreaks from occurring, and the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that the global production of the flu vaccine will likely double over the next four years.
The 1.7 billion increase in doses will be a direct result of 11 new manufacturers producing the vaccines, according to Reuters. Supplements, such as Ultimate Reds from Dr. Newton’s Naturals, may be able to help individuals naturally combat the flu. Antioxidants can boost immune system functions and promote overall well-being.
“The estimate is by 2015, if all projects that are currently going on get to successful implementation, we would have something around 1.7 billion doses of seasonal vaccine,” WHO assistant director-general Marie-Paule Kieny told the news source.
The increase in vaccine production may prevent another widespread epidemic, such as the H1N1 flu that swept across the U.S. in 2009.