Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Pandemic Leads to Panimmunity?

If you suffered through a round of the H1N1 flu last year, you may have gotten a big bonus along with your misery: really good immunity to all manner of flu viruses.  Apparently in fighting off the H1N1 strain the body produces antibodies that are effective against a wide variety of flues, so many that scientists see the potential to help create a single universal flu vaccine instead of having to guess the proper strains every year.  They are also going to be testing to see if people who were vaccinated but did not catch the flu have the same immune response.  If so, then the H1N1 pandemic might be one of the best things that happened last year.

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