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Universal vaccine could put an end to all flu
By T.K. Randall
August 25, 2009 · 15 comments
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The flu virus can kill up to half a million people a year at the best of times, with the current threat of a swine flu pandemic scientists are working harder than ever to produce a universal flu vaccine to eradicate the virus for good.
Many once-common diseases, from smallpox to polio, have been eliminated, or nearly so, just by vaccinating children. If only we could develop a vaccine that was effective against all strains of flu, we might prevent both annual epidemics and occasional pandemics like the one now under way.
Source: New Scientist
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