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The End of the Flu Shot?

Friday, 16 Dec 2011 03:49 PM



A new oral flu vaccine under development is more effective than the traditional flu shot, a new study suggests.
Researchers at the International Vaccine Institute in Korea tested the oral vaccine in mice and found that it not only was more protective than the injectable form against the regular seasonal flu strains, but also better prevented bird and swine flus.
Plans are underway to test the oral vaccine in humans.
“Clearly, if these promising findings obtained in laboratory animals can be reproduced in humans, they will represent a major milestone,” said Dr. Cecil Czerkinsky, deputy director-general for laboratory sciences at the institute.
Right now, the only flu shot alternative for those who don’t like needles is FluMist, an intranasal spray. The FluMist is a live tamed virus that is shot up the nose. The new oral vaccine is only a part of the live virus called matrix protein and it seems to offer the hope that it could protect against the many forms of the mutating flu virus. Current flu vaccines protect only against certain strains.
Many people avoid getting a flu shot because they don’t like getting needle injections. According to a recent Consumer Reports survey, only 37 percent of people said they planned to get a flu shot this season.

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