Understanding Influenza, Pandemic Flu – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. The influenza virus, which causes the flu, is one of the most changeable viruses with genes known for “drifting and shifting.” Dr. Anthony Fauci at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases explains that a research goal for flu treatment is a universal vaccine.
Fauci: The universal vaccine is one that you can give to an individual that would protect against an entire menu, as it were, of different strains of influenza.
Narrator: Flu strains include seasonal viruses that have annual outbreaks, and pandemic flu strains which spread rapidly from person to person. For details on the flu, and more about medical research, visit www.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
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