'Bird flu protection' given by seasonal flu vaccine Medical News Today

February 18, 2015 11:16 AM

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'Bird flu protection' given by seasonal flu vaccine Medical News Today

The researchers, from the University of Chicago Medicine and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, found antibodies - the immune system's protective proteins - for H7N9 in people who had had the injection for seasonal flu. They have published their findings online in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Bird or avian flu virus emerged in China in 2013 and, as the researchers point out, shows a high death rate among people who become infected - H7N9 has killed a third of hospitalized patients.

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