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Intestinal bacteria needed for strong flu vaccine responses in mice

Mice treated with antibiotics to remove most of their intestinal bacteria or raised under sterile conditions have impaired antibody responses to seasonal ...

New research to help predict flu outbreaks

Researchers are working to enable influenza outbreaks to be predicted in much the same way as meteorologists forecast weather. ...

Avian influenza virus isolated in harbor seals poses a threat to humans

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital-led study found naturally acquired mutations in the avian H3N8 flu virus allow the infection to spread in mammals via respiratory droplets; human immunity to the virus is lacking ... Full story

Patients support flu injections at pharmacies as vaccination program expands

A QUT-led pilot program designed to boost Queensland's vaccination rates has shown a high level of satisfaction from patients given injections at pharmacies. ... Full story

Study on causes of rheumatic fever gets underway in Auckland

A study to identify and better understand risk factors for rheumatic fever – one of New Zealand’s most mysterious and serious illnesses – starts recruiting participants in Auckland this week. ... Full story

A sermon and a flu shot: Taking preventive health care into community spaces

UCLA study shows that bringing health care to nontraditional locations increases use of preventive services by underserved, older adults ... Full story

Key to universal flu vaccine: embrace the unfamiliar

Vaccine researchers have been searching for ways to elicit antibodies against the stem region of the viral hemagglutinin protein, some of which are broadly cross-reactive. ... Full story

WSU flu outbreak provides rare study material

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer - PULLMAN, Wash. – Five years ago this month, one of the first U.S. outbreaks of the H1N1 virus swept through the Washington State University campus, striking some 2,000 people. A WSU math and biology professor has used a trove of data gathered at the time to gain insight into how only a few infected people could launch the virus’s rapid spread across the university community. ... Full story

Hebrew University antibody research paves the way for new, more effective influenza drugs

Research is patented through tech transfer company Yissum, which is seeking commercial R&D partners ... Full story

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