Health center adds two final campus flu vaccination clinics

"Get your flu shot, practice frequent and proper hand hygiene, good cough etiquette, and stay home if you're sick to help stop the spread of flu to others".

"The excuses people use for not getting the flu shot are often based on incorrect medical information or myths, but working in our Merrill clinic for several years, I've seen the real-life health consequences that people suffer by not getting their yearly flu shot", he said.

After vaccinating the mice, the researchers infected them with nine strains of the flu - including strains of H1N1, H3N1, H3N2 and H5N1- at a dose that typically kills mice.

A group of researchers at the Nebraska Center for Virology may have succeeded in developing a flu vaccine that would provide lifelong protection against the pesky winter bug.

The flu vaccine is free and protects against influenza A and influenza B, the two strains that cause seasonal epidemics of disease.

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The goal is to combine the desired HA and NA antigens from the target strain (flu strain 1) with genes from a harmless strain that grows well in an egg (flu strain 2). Some people have a presumption that the flu vaccines is not effective. However, Dr. Vooght explains that the Australia flu situation was severe because it had a mismatch between the vaccine and the virus strain.

Flu can be a serious illness, particularly for young children, older adults, and people with certain long-term health conditions like asthma, heart disease, or diabetes.

The vaccine is different each year because the virus changes frequently - so it's important to get it every fall.

Experts worry it could be a hard season if H3N2 dominates. Once injected, these viruses stimulate the body's immune system to act against a protein that extends from the surface of the flu virus. The vaccine is made from an inactivated virus that can not transmit infection.

However, as the study was done on mice, more research needs to be conducted to determine if the vaccine works in human. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the immune system to become protected. "Our data suggest that we should invest in new technologies that allow us to ramp up production of influenza vaccines that are not reliant on eggs".

  • Ismael Montgomery