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Is a universal flu vaccine around the corner?

A breakthrough in preventive medicine may be just around the corner: Scientists at Oxford University believe they are on the way to creating a universal flu vaccine.

The vaccine works on proteins that are present in all strains of the flu virus, so it wouldn’t need to be reformulated every season the way traditional strain-specific vaccines do.

Initial trials have shown promise, although significantly more research has to be done before the vaccine is proven — let alone approved.

If it does come to fruition, a universal vaccine would save both time and money for health care providers, and significantly reduce the number of people who become ill with seasonal flu each year.

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