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Medical Is this the end of flue pandemics?

  1. Oct 1, 2016 #1

    wolram

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    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/09/160930085814.htm

    Scientists have designed a new generation of universal flu vaccines to protect against future global pandemics that could kill millions. Researchers researchers have devised two universal vaccines; a USA-specific vaccine with coverage of 95% of known US influenza strains; and a universal vaccine with coverage of 88% of known flu strains globally.Scientists have designed a new generation of universal flu vaccines to protect against future global pandemics that could kill millions. Researchers researchers have devised two universal vaccines; a USA-specific vaccine with coverage of 95% of known US influenza strains; and a universal vaccine with coverage of 88% of known flu strains globally.Scientists have designed a new generation of universal flu vaccines to protect against future global pandemics that could kill millions. Researchers researchers have devised two universal vaccines; a USA-specific vaccine with coverage of 95% of known US influenza strains; and a universal vaccine with coverage of 88% of known flu strains globally.
     
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  3. Oct 1, 2016 #2

    Ygggdrasil

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    Here's the citation for the paper being discussed:
    Sheikh et al. 2016. Towards the knowledge-based design of universal influenza epitope ensemble vaccines. Bioinformatics. First published online: July 10, 2016 DOI: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btw399

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    A few points:
    1) The study does not actually make a real vaccine. It is a computational study about how one might design such a vaccine. There is no evidence such a vaccine would actually work.

    2) Vaccines are effective only if people use them. When two of the four major US presidential candidates (Trump & Stein) echo debunked claims that vaccines cause autism, even if such a vaccine existed, it seems unlikely we'd reach the vaccination rates necessary to eradicate the disease.

    3) Influenza has natural, non-human reservoirs in birds and other animals. Even if we eradicate all strains circulating in humans, there will be new strains that cross the species barrier that may not be covered by the vaccine. In fact, the strains that cause pandemics are usually those that have not been circulating in human populations (so most people won't have pre-existing immunity based on previous infections).
     
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  4. Oct 1, 2016 #3
    You mean just Trump?
     
  5. Oct 1, 2016 #4

    phinds

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    I guess he must since that is not Stein's position, despite his apparently thinking that it is.
     
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