‘Vaccinate now’ to beat bird flu say scientists

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A vaccine being tested right now could help save lives in a future bird flu pandemic, UK scientists claim.

A jab against one strain of avian flu, given years earlier, may “prime” the immune system to fight a wide range of bird flu strains.

When a pandemic arises, those who have been pre-vaccinated could be given a booster shot to be protected far more quickly than normal.

Vaccines against new pandemics can only be created once a new strain emerges; by this time, thousands of lives may be claimed and the administration of a ‘pre-vaccination’ may help overcome the problem.

 

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