The “History” of the Flu Vaccine From 1940 to 2030?

February 13, 2018 4:20 pm

The “History” of the Flu Vaccine From 1940 to 2030?

On the 14th of February 2018, will feature on BBC Two’s ‘Trust Me, I’m a Doctor’, where we will be discussing the history of the influenza virus and attempts to develop a new type of influenza vaccine – a Universal Influenza Vaccine. Unlike the current conventional vaccine, this new future vaccine would protect people over multiple seasons, and even in the event that a brand new flu virus appears, as happened in 2009.

We aim to develop a Universal Influenza Vaccine which means people do not need to be vaccinated each year, and are prepared for the unexpected. In this blog, we’re going to be exploring the history of the vaccine – as well as a brief history of the virus itself – to set the scene.

Our hVIVO human models of disease utilise the ability of challenge agents, such as respiratory viruses, to elicit common self-limiting diseases such as flu, cold and RSV in otherwise healthy volunteers. By watching the entire disease lifecycle as subjects move from healthy to sick and recover back to healthy again, we can obtain high quality, longitudinal data from the before, during and after phases of disease. These models can be used to study the efficacy of new therapies such as antiviral drugs and vaccines and also to study the target disease itself.

To learn more about the history of the flu vaccine, check out the extended article on the Flucamp website.

To find out more about hVIVO and the work that we do, head to our contact us page for more information about how hVIVO viral challenge studies and human disease models in flu, RSV, and asthma can help you accelerate vaccine development.

Don’t forget to tune into BBC 2’s ‘Trust Me, I’m a Doctor’ at 8:30pm tomorrow to hear more about the flu vaccine and its history!

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