Is a universal vaccine for the 'flu feasible?

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Is a universal vaccine for the 'flu feasible?
« on: 08/07/2011 09:49:09 »
A universal 'flu vaccine capable of protecting people against multiple strains of the virus has come a step closer, scientists in the US are reporting this week...

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Is a universal vaccine for the 'flu feasible?
« Reply #1 on: 08/07/2011 10:03:33 »
Interesting... and great news.  Perhaps there will be an end to the need for an annual flu shot.  Of course, it could cost the industry billions of dollars!!!

I wonder if some people spontaneously develop multi-virus flu antibodies.  I certainly never remember getting the fulminant aching pain type flu that some people get.

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Is a universal vaccine for the 'flu feasible?
« Reply #2 on: 13/07/2011 10:45:56 »
The 'flu virus seems happy to mutate just enough to maintain its prevalence in one form or another, playing cat and mouse with our antibody system. I wonder if creating a universal 'flu vaccine will cause it to mutate in some new direction which is more lethal and virulent, sort of upsetting the balance we have now.

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Is a universal vaccine for the 'flu feasible?
« Reply #3 on: 19/07/2011 18:25:08 »
The mutation rate will always be a problem. "What is effective today might not be tomorrow..."