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Meriden company offers flu vaccine for those with egg allergy

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A Connecticut-based company is leading the way with two new vaccines.

Meriden's Protein Sciences has come up with a flu vaccine for people with an egg allergy and the company is also on the brink of an Ebola vaccine.

Marie Lawlor, of Wallingford, said she was trying to get a flu shot but it has been a challenge because of an egg allergy.

“I went to Walgreens, CVS, I called all over and nowhere I can get it," Lawlor said.

She went to Protein Sciences in Meriden after hearing about Flublok, which is the first flu vaccine that is 100 percent egg-free.

It is free of latex, formaldehyde and gelatin, and you don't necessarily have to have an egg allergy to get it.

Recipients just need to be 18 years old in order to get it.

The Ebola vaccine Protein Sciences is working on will be tested on monkeys in December and the research will take about three months.

“In mid-February, [we] will be able to demonstrate that monkeys that were vaccinated with this protein... are going to survive a lethal challenge of the Ebola virus," said Manon Cox, president and CEO of Protein Sciences.

The company will also work with the FDA and the World Health Organization to do safety studies on healthy adults and those trials could begin in January.

“No one ever talks about a vaccine, but now we need a vaccine because we need it for healthcare workers and in a situation like this - no one ever realized that," Cox said.

Studies are also being done to see if children ages 6 to 18 can use the Flublok vaccine.

There are four locations in Connecticut to get the vaccine, and those locations plus more information can be found here.

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