Llama antibodies could be key to universal flu vaccine

A leading GP has assured older people that they will receive their flu jabs in time despite some reports of delays

A leading GP has assured older people that they will receive their flu jabs in time despite some reports of delays

The province is also reminding residents that the seasonal flu vaccine campaign is underway and the regular flu shot is free of charge to all Manitobans older than six months.

Despite widespread publicity, Livar said his department still hears common misconceptions about the disease and the vaccine.

One clue to what might happen in the U.S.is how the flu season played out in the Southern Hemisphere during fall and winter there, said Grant McFadden, director of the ASU Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy.

Fact: The flu virus changes each year, so flu vaccines change to keep pace.

Health leaders say you can get the flu anytime throughout the year, but they see an increase in cases when the temperatures begin to drop.

Public health authorities urge the public to take flu seriously and get vaccinated against it. Oneida County offers flu clinics at $25 per vaccine or $50 for a high-dose formulation designed for people age 65 and older, who may be more susceptible and benefit from a stronger version. He noted that a year ago the United States government only spent $100 million on the field as a whole. You'll probably feel weak and exhausted, and have a fever, dry cough, runny nose, chills, muscle aches, severe headache, eye pain, and a sore throat.

No medications do not cure and are not recommended instead of the flu shot. Those include A viruses, such as the H1N1 "swine flu" that touched off a global pandemic in 2009, and B viruses, which occur only in humans.

It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body, so the CDC recommends early vaccination. One of the most promising candidates for a universal flu vaccine was recently described in the journal Science - and it's based on antibodies produced by South America's camel, the llama.

A universal vaccine for the flu would finally put an end to the guessing game by offering protection against a wide pallet of influenza strains. Flu and problems from flu are serious and can be avoided.

"We never know exactly what we're going to get", she said.

If these preclinical findings translate into humans, the approach may be a powerful tool to fight flu in vulnerable populations now not covered by traditional vaccination.