Flu Vaccine Could Treat All Strands Of The Virus

Kazakstan students during 2009 swine flu outbreak. Photo: Nikolay Olkhovoy

Good bye flu shot, hello cure! The Guardian reports:

Scientists at Oxford University have successfully tested a universal flu vaccine that could work against all known strains of the illness, taking a significant step in the fight against a disease that affects billions of people each year.

The treatment – using a new technique and tested for the first time on humans infected with flu – targets a different part of the flu virus to traditional vaccines, meaning it does not need expensive reformulation every year to match the most prevalent virus that is circulating the world.

Developed by a team led by Dr Sarah Gilbert at Oxford’s Jenner Institute, the vaccine targets proteins inside the flu virus that are common across all strains, instead of those that sit on the virus’s external coat, which are liable to mutate.

If used widely a universal flu vaccine could prevent pandemics, such as the swine flu outbreaks of recent years, and end the need for a seasonal flu jab.

[Continues at The Guardian]

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  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Woot! In before anti-vaccine crowd announces that this…unlike all the previous vaccines they were sure would kill off all humanity…will be the one that is meant to murder us all in our sleep!! Don’t be fooled…all those other vaccines that were announced as the source of all ills and the heart of evil plots…those were just red herrings to throw us off the trail of this one.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Woot! In before anti-vaccine crowd announces that this…unlike all the previous vaccines they were sure would kill off all humanity…will be the one that is meant to murder us all in our sleep!! Don’t be fooled…all those other vaccines that were announced as the source of all ills and the heart of evil plots…those were just red herrings to throw us off the trail of this one.

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