Flu vaccine company breaks ground on $9M Holly Springs expansion project

Seqirus groundbreaking in Holly Springs (Lauren Haviland/CBS North Carolina)

HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. (WNCN) — There have been no new flu-related deaths reported, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still be prepared.

Five deaths have been reported in the last two months, and last season we lost more than 200 people to the virus.

Even in early December, officials are still speculating what strains will circulate, but they do fear that this influenza season could be quite severe.

Those who work at Seqirus, one of the world’s largest influenza vaccine companies, say it’s an old wives’ tale that if you get the vaccine you will later get the flu.

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Seqirus is expanding its manufacturing facility in Holly Springs to support immediate growth of its seasonal influenza vaccine business and bio-security partnership with the United States government in pandemic preparedness.

The company broke ground on a $9 million expansion project that will allow the company to support an increase in manufacturing capacity and support future growth, officials said.

While officials recommend those who are young or old to be vaccinated, it’s important to remember that anyone can get influenza.

“We don’t have much protection, because the flu virus is clever, and it changes all the time. Just because you’ve been vaccinated one year doesn’t mean you’re going to be protected the next year. The virus is clever and keeps changing, and our antibodies in our immune system don’t recognize it and so we’re always vulnerable from season to season,” said John Anderson, vice president of operations at Seqirus.

If you haven’t got your influenza shot, it’s not too late. We are just getting into flu season which could stretch into March.

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