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Universal Flu Vaccine Developed - Good Against Bird Flu

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posted on Jan, 5 2008 @ 12:24 AM
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Universal Flu Vaccine Developed - Good Against Bird Flu


news.bbc.co.uk

A single jab that could give lifelong protection against all types of flu has produced promising results in human trials.

The vaccine, made by Acambis, should protect against all strains of influenza A - the cause of pandemics.

Currently, winter flu jabs have to be regularly redesigned because the flu virus keeps changing.

The new vaccine would overcome this and could be stockpiled in advance of a bird flu outbreak, say experts.
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posted on Jan, 5 2008 @ 12:24 AM
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Well here it is. The only flu shot you will ever need and it covers Bird Flu! What could the downside be?

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posted on Jan, 5 2008 @ 12:38 AM
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Nice Find.....

This one will be interesting to watch IMHO. Targeting a different protine is a smart way around the ever chaging virus. However, we do know that infuenza is a craft bugger and it mutates itself alot. its possible that it could adapt etc. to this forcing a redesign. However, if proven safe the vaccine would be very very welcome



posted on Jan, 5 2008 @ 12:51 AM
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Thanks for the kudos FredT!
Every year when the flu vaccine is developed with the 3 most common strains (from 6-8 months prior), two from Group A and one from Group B. The dominant strains are picked from surveillance 6-8 months earlier (picked in Feb or March and made for the October/November flu shoots). The issue is the "old" or yearly vaccines work because we use the entire viral coats from those 3 specific viruses. This approach is genius because it goes for the 2 critical proteins that are on every Flu Type A virus.
This new way of attacking viruses could be useful for things like Ebola and maybe HIV (I would say no, but lets see where this research goes).



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