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Swine flu offers 'extraordinary super immunity'
11-01-2011, 10:04 AM
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Swine flu offers 'extraordinary super immunity'
links of london report,In beating a bout of H1N1 the body makes antibodies that can kill many other flu strains, a study in the Journal of Experimental Medicine shows.

Doctors hope to harness this power to make a universal flu vaccine that would protect against any type of influenza.

Ultimately this could replace the "best guess" flu vaccines currently used.
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Such a vaccine is the "holy grail" for flu researchers. Many scientists are already testing different prototypes to put an end to the yearly race to predict coming flu strains and quickly mass produce a new vaccine each flu season.

Dr Patrick Wilson who led the latest research said the H1N1 swine flu virus that reached pandemic levels infecting an estimated 60 million people last year, had provided a unique opportunity for researchers.

"It demonstrates how to make a single vaccine that could potentially provide immunity to all influenza.
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"The surprise was that such a very different influenza strain, as opposed to the most common strains, could lead us to something so widely applicable."
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