View Full Version : Flu breakthrough promises a vaccine to kill all strains

Feb 7th, 2011, 12:59 PM
Source: Guardian (UK)

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...

The next step for the T-cell vaccine is to stage a field trial in comparing several thousand people are given and not given the vaccine. It will take several more years, therefore, before Gilbert's vaccine can be licensed for use alongside traditional, antibody-inducing vaccines...

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/feb/06/flu-unive... (http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/feb/06/flu-universal-vaccine-test-success)

Feb 7th, 2011, 07:59 PM
Its really weird cause...
we had H5N1, then
H1N1 which they said was a new strain.

all known
when a new strain would develop in a few years time.