07 Feb '11, 3am

An end to the flu as we know it? A vaccine that could work against all known flu strains has been successfully tested

An end to the flu as we know it? A vaccine that could work against all known flu strains has been successfully tested

LONDON - SCIENTISTS in Britain have successfully tested a vaccine which could work against all known flu strains, the Guardian newspaper reported on Monday. The new vaccine, developed by scientists at Oxford University, differs from traditional treatments by targeting proteins inside the flu virus rather than proteins on the flu's external coat. The two proteins within the virus are similar across strains and less likely to mutate, meaning new vaccines would not have to be developed for each new strain of the illness. Traditional vaccines stimulate the body to produce antibodies to fight the flu, whereas the new treatment, developed by a team led by Sarah Gilbert, boosts the production of T-cells, which identify and kill infected cells. 'Fewer of the people who were vaccinated got flu than the people who weren't vaccinated,' said Ms Gilbert. 'We did get an indication that ...

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