Medicine

Universal vaccine could target flu virus 'stalk'

Universal vaccine could target flu virus 'stalk'

Conventional vaccines are reportedly less than 60% effective-and that's only when they're matched with the now circulating strain.

Although the flu vaccine is not flawless and some people who get vaccinated may still get the flu, it's possible that the vaccination may make symptoms milder.

"The good news is that it's much more hard to drive mutations in the stalk, but it's not impossible", said David J. Topham, the study's author and the Marie Curran Wilson and Joseph Chamberlain Wilson professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at URMC. In addition to the vaccine, the public can protect itself from influenza by practicing good hygiene habits like washing their hands with soap and warm water. However, Weaver said his study is the first to report the use of multiple centralized HA genes, identified using protein sequence analysis programs, to provide the greatest level of cross-protective immunity possible. But as you head to the doctor's office or pharmacy to get vaccinated, scientists are working to make this yearly ritual a thing of the past.

Excuse #2: I'm scared of needles.

How are flu vaccines made?

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Fact: The CDC doesn't recommend the nasal spray flu vaccine this year because of concerns about its effectiveness. If your child is scared of needles, ask your provider if a numbing cream can be applied to the area before getting the shot. Flu shots can not give you flu illness.

Fact: The flu is caused by a live virus. It was suggested that the A H3N2 virus possessed an adaptive mutation that affected egg-grown vaccines.

Excuse #4: I hear the flu vaccine can be unsafe for children. "They seem surprised that they actually got the flu", she said. Children, adults over 65, pregnant women and others with long-term health conditions are more likely to contract the flu. If caught early, an antiviral medication may reduce the severity of infection with influenza; see you primary care physician for details.

Last year, there were more than three times the previous year's confirmed cases of flu state-wide.

The cost for flu shots is $20 for students and $30 for faculty and staff. Participants are reminded to bring their current UO ID card and their insurance card.


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