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Stopping the Flu, No Vaccine Needed

By    |   Wednesday, 12 Aug 2015 03:56 PM

Researchers are getting closer to a method that would lessen the severity of the flu – or even prevent it altogether – without the need for a flu shot.

Flu vaccines work by introducing a weakened form of the influenza virus into the body. The body then produces antibodies that protect against the infection.

But researchers have discovered that manipulating a protein in the human body can trigger this immune response without a vaccine.

What's more, the treatment would be universal and would not have to be adjusted each year like vaccines to match prevalent flu strain.

“The flu vaccine needs to change every year because the virus is constantly mutating. What we're doing is targeting a more fundamental process that is not specific to any particular strain of the virus," said Jacob Yount, assistant professor at Ohio State University and senior author of the study.

After showing in human cells that they could alter the role of one protein that could stop the virus, his group has begun using experimental drugs to test this flu prevention strategy in mice.

Human use is still many years away, but the scientists' long-term goal is to develop a vaccine-independent method to prevent flu infections, Dr. Yount. His research is reported in the journal PLOS Pathogens.



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