Universal flu vaccine shows promise in phase 2 trial

A universal influenza vaccine candidate proved to be potentially effective in a new study, according to news website Live Science.

The study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, examined the safety and efficacy of Flu-v, a broad-spectrum flu vaccine that could become the highly anticipated universal flu vaccine, offering long-lasting protection and doing away with the need for annual flu shots.

Flu-v has been through phase 1 clinical trials that demonstrated it is safe. The current study is a phase 2 study and involved 175 healthy adults. The study participants were divided into two groups: one receiving Flu-v and the other receiving a placebo.

Researchers found that Flu-v elicited greater immune responses than a placebo, suggesting the vaccine increases the production of antibodies in the body.

The vaccine will now be tested for its effectiveness against flu infection in phase 3 clinical trials.

More articles on infection control:
Use of 2 central line catheters at once can up CLABSI risk, study shows
Here's how a Hong Kong hospital tested 1,275 for coronavirus, and no employees got sick
14-day quarantine for coronavirus is appropriate, study suggests


© Copyright ASC COMMUNICATIONS 2020. Interested in LINKING to or REPRINTING this content? View our policies by clicking here.


Featured Webinars

Featured Whitepapers