A vaccine is a chemical preparation that are usually made up of microorganisms, viruses, or fragments of either. In all the cases the purpose of a vaccine is designed to introduce an antigen into an immune system and teaches the system to fight a virus or pathogen. Once exposed to the vaccine the immune system then begins to create antibodies that can then combat the virus. Then if a person really contracts a virus, then their immune systems will be prepared to combat it.
In 2266, Dr. Leonard McCoy was able to vaccine to a disease that originated from a life prolongation project on Juram V. While the disease allowed the children of the planet to live for centuries until they entered puberty, all the adults died within a few days. (TOS episode: "Miri" and novel: The Cry of the Onlies)
By the 24th century, Federation medicine had discovered a form of vaccine for almost all diseases and illnesses that they had encountered. However, not all diseases had a vaccine readily available so research still continued. In 2365, an outbreak of plasma plague in the Rachelis system led the USS Enterprise-D to transport samples of the most deadly diseases in the Alpha Quadrant to Space Station Tango Sierra, in the hopes that the scientists there could perhaps develop a vaccine. (TNG episode: "The Child")
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Vaccine cures the Virus status and is available for 100 gil.
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In the International Zodiac Job System version, Vaccine has been replaced with the item called C9H8O4, which costs 700 gil. C9H8O4 is the chemical formula for Aspirin.
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Throughout the series, numerous individuals on the Island have made use of a vaccine. It is unknown what disease, if any, the vaccine is intended to counteract - or, indeed, if it has any effect at all. There is a possibility the vaccine may be related to the Sickness. The quarantine warnings found stenciled on the entrance to several of the DHARMA stations may also be related.
The vaccine has been seen up close on at least two occasions in the series and appears to be a yellow translucent liquid. The vials were both labeled labelled "CR 4-81516-23 42." The vial seen at The Staff also contained the notation "RX-1 GND" and the station's logo on the label. The vaccine appears to be administered in most cases via a jet injector - although it can also be given via a syringe. ("Man of Science, Man of Faith") ("Maternity Leave")
It appears that the vaccine was originally manufactured by the DHARMA Initiative, although the kit found on the pallet drop appears to suggest some party is continuing to manufacture the vaccine after the time of the Purge.
As described by Kelvin, the vaccine is intended to combat some sort of sickness on the Island - although he never elaborated on the nature of the disease or its symptoms. Kelvin indicated that Desmond should give himself a shot of the vaccine every nine days - and that anyone going outside the station without protection (e.g. a HAZMAT suit) would be at risk of contracting it. Kelvin's instructions are somewhat suspect, however, as it was later revealed he was using the alleged sickness as a means of keeping Desmond confined within The Swan. ("Live Together, Die Alone") The vaccine kit found by Charlie in the supply drop, however, also contained instructions that a shot should be given every nine days supporting at least part of Kelvin's story. ("Three Minutes")
Desmond, Charlie, Aaron, and possibly Claire were all exposed to the vaccine at various points. It is also highly likely that Ben, Roger Linus, Ethan and the time shifting survivors who lived with the DHARMA Initiative in the 1970's (including Sawyer, Juliet, Miles, Daniel, Jin, Jack, Kate and Hurley) were innoculated. In all cases to date the injections have not been known to have produce any adverse effects.
Throughout the 1970's the DHARMA Initiative was clearly taking some sort of precautions in innoculating new recruits upon their arrival on the Island. These vaccinations appeared to be being carried out by medical personnel from The Staff. ("The Man Behind the Curtain") ("Namaste") Although not shown, it seems highly likely that young Ben and his father, Roger Linus were innoculated on their arrival in 1972. Similarly, Jack, Kate and Hurley were likely innoculated on arrival. It is not known if DHARMA personnel were required to undergo regular ongoing vaccinations for protection.
Years later, The Swan station was seen to contain an ample supply of the vaccine. After his arrival on the Island, Desmond was instructed by Kelvin to give himself a shot every nine days and not to venture outside without protection. On being asked why he was donning a HAZMAT suit to go outside on one occasion, Kelvin responded: "So I don't get sick." Desmond faithfully gave himself injections for three years until learning that Kelvin had been staging an elaborate deception in a bid to escape the Island and that no such precautions were actually necessary to go outside. Despite this realization, however, Desmond continued to inject himself with the vaccine for another several weeks until the survivors of Flight 815 blew open the hatch entrance to the station. ("Man of Science, Man of Faith") ("Live Together, Die Alone") It seems highly likely that Kelvin was also injecting himself regularly with the vaccine during his time at the Swan as to do otherwise would arouse Desmond's suspicion.
A case containing a set of vaccine vials and a jet injector was found by Charlie in the supply drop. Charlie tested the vaccine on himself first, then gave to kit to Claire to put her fears to rest about Aaron becoming sick. According to Charlie, instructions in the kit recommend an injection every nine days. ("Three Minutes")
Although not shown, it seems likely Claire may have continued to give Aaron injections until his departure from the Island as one of the Oceanic Six.
Several actions taken by the Others appear to involve the same vaccine. Some of Ethan's comments indicate the Others have a limited supply which may be a factor in their recruitment efforts.
During Claire's abduction, Ethan Rom prenatally injected Claire's baby, Aaron, on several occasions. When asked, Ethan described the substance as a vaccine that the baby needed to prevent him from becoming sick. Although there were numerous vials of the vaccine stored at The Staff, Ethan claimed that there wasn't enough for both Claire and the baby to stay with the Others for the long-term. He explained there was only enough for Aaron. On returning to the station much later with Kate and Danielle, Claire found the station abandoned and that the supply of vaccine had been removed. ("Maternity Leave")
After Juliet's arrival at the beach camp, Claire became extremely sick and collapsed, bleeding from the nose. Juliet revealed that on the Island for some reason "the mother's body turns on the pregnancy, treats it as a foreign invader" setting in motion a chain of events leading to the death of both the mother and child. Juliet further described that during Claire's abduction, Ethan injected her with a serum designed to keep pregnant women alive during the late stages of their pregnancy. Juliet claimed that Claire was going into withdrawal and that more of the serum was required or she would die. Juliet also claimed to have designed the serum as part of her work with the Others on the Island.
Convincing the survivors to let her help, Juliet retrieved a hidden stash of medical supplies - containing several vials of what appears to be the vaccine - and gave Claire an injection. Claire later recovered, although it was later revealed that the entire incident was actually a ploy designed to allow Juliet to gain the survivor's trust. In reality, Claire's "illness" was brought on deliberately by the Others - activating an unknown implant placed in Claire during her abduction. It is unclear if the injection administered by Juliet had any effect in Claire's recovery. ("One of Us")
It is unknown just how much of Juliet's story about Claire's abduction is true. While clearly some events, such as the placement of the implant, took place off-camera during Claire's time at The Staff, the only injections seen to be administered by Ethan were those of the vaccine. As Desmond, Kelvin and, presumably, a number of other male staff members of the DHARMA Initiative were innoculated and/or were actively taking the same vaccine, it seems unlikely that the vaccine itself has anything to do with pregnancy issues. This would suggest the serum, if it exists, is altogether different.
In the Sri Lanka Video, part of which is a videotape of a private meeting taken by Rachel Blake, Thomas Mittelwerk explains to volunteers that two villages in Sri Lanka have been intentionally infected with a Hanso-engineered virus, and that the Hanso Foundation's cover story is to provide a treatment vaccine. He explains that the villagers think they are infected by a virus carried by local macaques and they believe the Hanso workers are bringing them the cure. In fact, Mittelwerk reveals that their goals are a mortality rate of exactly 30%, as well as testing of the deceased to confirm the genetic targets of their virus. Mittelwerk implies that this is tied to saving the world and that these experiments are being done to "perfect this virus."
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