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Doctors Want The Public To Get Vaccinated For This Years Flu Season

Doctors Want The Public To Get Vaccinated For This Years Flu Season

"What is true is that the flu shot lessens your chances of getting the flu and related complications which, in turn, decreases the number of doctor visits, hospital admissions and deaths".

Weaver said the study is the first to report on whether a universal flu shot could be created by using a combination of multiple genes shared at the ancestral level by flu strains circulating today.

Northern Health is reminding people to get vaccinated for this years flu season.

Forty per cent of health care workers at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Markham-Stouffville Hospital and Mackenzie Health were vaccinated during the 2016/17 flu season. The conventional influenza vaccine platform uses weakened or dead versions of the influenza virus to stimulate immunity against hemagglutinin (HA), a spike-shaped protein that extends from the surface of the virus and attacks cells. At some point during the development of last year's vaccine, the egg-grown protein acquired a mutation that reduced its effectiveness in warding off the live virus.

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He advised people to have their flu jab anyway, adding: "Some protection against H3N2 viruses is better than nothing".

"An ideal influenza vaccine would be low-priced, provide long-lasting immunity, require few immunizations and would work against all variants of the virus", Weaver said. In addition to the vaccine, the public can protect itself from influenza by practicing good hygiene habits like washing their hands with soap and warm water. The eggs are then allowed to incubate, and in turn, this allows the virus to replicate.

In the lab, they coupled the H1N1 virus with human antibodies - immune system soldiers that fight off foreign invaders. There are now two non-chicken egg flu vaccines made in the U.S. One is FLUCELVAX, and is grown in canine kidney cells, and the second, Flublok, is grown in insect cells. "Current H3N2 viruses do not grow well in chicken eggs, and it is impossible to grow these viruses in eggs without adaptive mutations", Hensley said. "Our data suggest that we should invest in new technologies to significantly increase the production of influenza vaccines that do not depend on eggs", he argued.