Authorities Deem Novartis’ FLUAD Safe

The Italian AIFA and National institute of Health (ISS) have declared Novartis’ FLUAD as safe Towards the end of November Italian officials prohibited the use of two batches of Novartis’ flu vaccine FLUAD after 13 deaths were reported to have taken place shortly after vaccination (8 within 24 hours). There were concerns from the AIFA that there may have been …

Predicting Flu Evolution the Next Step Towards Better Flu Vaccines

  Researchers discover that individual flu strains elicit an antibody response to multiple different flu strains already experienced by a patient A global team of researchers using a new modelling system have discovered that upon infection, patients exhibit immune responses to every strain that the individual has encountered, not just the infecting strain. The strongest responses came from the strains …

Building a Universal Flu Vaccine

  Developing a universal flu vaccine requires a two part strategy targeted at the surface of the flu virus and it’s unchanging core At Last week’s World Vaccine Congress 2014, Vaccine Nation sat down with professor Sarah Gilbertson from the University of Oxford to discuss her progress towards developing a universal vaccine. What strategy are you currently pursuing in search …

Research suggests that vaccinations against rare strains of bird flu would be highly effective against a broad range of influenza viruses

A Universal Flu Vaccine: Could Rare Flu Strains be the Answer?

Research suggests that vaccinations against rare strains of bird flu would be highly effective against a broad range of influenza viruses A study by the Emory Vaccine Centre in Atlanta has found that exposure to rare and uncommon flu strains results in the production of broadly effective antibodies. The study thus begs the question: should the public be vaccinated against …

The future of vaccine administration my change forever with Pharmajet's needle-free injector

FDA Approves AFLURIA Flu Vaccine To Be Administered With Pharmajet’s Needle-Free Injector

The future of vaccine administration my change forever with Pharmajet’s needle-free injector The FDA has approved the first needle-free drug system for the delivery of bioCSL’s influenza vaccine AFLURIA. Now, doctors and other health care workers can chose whether they want to administer the influenza vaccine via a needle or through PharmaJet’s needle-free system. Ron Lowy, the CEO of PharmaJet, …

Researchers at Stanford Retract Narcolepsy Study Linked to GSK’s Swine Flu Vaccine

Stanford University researchers have retracted a major study that sought to explain why some abruptly fell asleep after receiving Pandemrix vaccine Researchers at the University of Stanford School of Medicine have retracted a study they published last year which endeavoured to explain why some people were falling asleep after receiving a GSK Swine Flu vaccine called Pandemrix. The researchers behind …

DIY Spanish Flu: Critics up in arms as scientists recreate deadly 1918 virus

  Using a technique known as reverse genetics, a team from University of Wisconsin-Madison were able to build a virus 93% similar to the 1918 Spanish flu by utilizing 8 genes found in recent avian flu strains. The result was a flu virus more pathogenic than current avian flu strains, but less so than the Spanish Flu. The recreated strain …