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Influenza Discovery!

January 11, 2011

A quick blog, because I’m practically beaming…

In my blog on Influenza (https://seussmd.wordpress.com/2010/10/04/influenza-the-flu/), I made some final “non-scientific” remarks, mentioning that I thought it was possible that the influenza vaccine might grant cross-protection with other strains of the flu virus.  As it turns out, I was right!  It’s always fun to be right, especially when people’s health is concerned!

Here is a link to the article (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110110/hl_nm/us_flu_vaccine), showing that some people who were infected with the H1N1 Swine flu now have “Super Antibodies” to many forms of influenza, including all of the forms from the last decade and the Super Flu Epidemic of the 1918 Flu and even one form of the H5N1 Avian flu!

This has led scientists to start working on a “Super Flu Vaccine” that might grant protection from all possible strains of the flu!

So, what is the take home message?  I’m glad I asked!

Get your Flu Shots.  They might just be the secret weapon against the big super flu epidemic of the future!

Good Health!

Dr Mike

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