One-for-all flu vaccine tested successfully
A flu vaccine has been tested by scientists that is known to work against all strains of illness that are known.
Reports state that there are proteins present inside a flu virus and these proteins are common in all known strains and these proteins are targeted by the vaccine. Only the inside proteins are targeted rather than those that are found on the external coat of the flu virus.
The research that was led by Dr Sarah Gilbert of Oxford's Jenner Institute is the first of its kind to test this kind of vaccine on flu-infected people.
Adrian Hill, the institute's director, said, "The problem with flu is that you've got lots of different strains and they keep changing. Occasionally one comes out of wildfowl or pigs and we're not immune to it. We need new vaccines and we can't make them fast enough."
About 11 volunteers who were healthy were vaccinated during the trial by Dr Gilbert and they were infected after being vaccinated along with 11 volunteers who were not given the vaccine.
Twice a day Dr Gilbert saw and analyzed various symptoms of flu shown by the volunteers like sore throat, runny nose and coughs and to figure out the amount of mucus they produced, tissues were weighed.
It was seen in the results that positive results were shown by the vaccine from a sample that was very small but T-cells were boosted and the possibilities to get flu was also less among volunteers who were vaccinated.
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