Flu shot protects against new strain H7N9

February 18, 2015 6:12 PM

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MIAMI - The flu vaccine may not have protected most people against influenza circulating widely this season, but a study on Tuesday showed it was effective against the new H7N9 strain that emerged in China in 2013.

Antibodies that protect against H7N9 avian flu make up a small portion of people’s immune response to the annual flu shot, “but appear to broadly neutralise H7 viruses and represent promising new targets for therapeutic development against a wide range of influenza strains,” according to the researc...

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