Dec 2, 2018

Universal flu vaccine remains ‘an alchemist’s dream’

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In theory, a universal flu vaccine would work if it contained parts of the virus that remained the same from year to year, the so-called conserved epitopes that make the pathogen less viable if they change. But no one has yet found the viral pieces capable of stimulating an immune response that stops most flu viruses afflicting humans.

A rapidly changing virus and a complex immune response stymie developers.

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