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Flu in the news

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Announce $ million Universal Influenza Vaccine Development Grand Challenge27 April 2018

The goal of the grand challenge, launched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, together with Google co-founder Larry Page and his wife Lucy, is to fund ideas that support transformative rather than incremental research. In his statement, Bill Gates warned that the world is unprepared for the next pandemic which is likely to be caused by flu. Finding a Universal Flu Vaccine that protects from all strains including those which are potentially pandemic, is therefore vital. The development of a Universal Flu Vaccine is underway by various companies with options from UK-based Imutex and Vaccitech already in late-stage development.

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Universal Flu Vaccine that protects against all strains may be available in two years26 March 2018

Trial results of Universal Flu Vaccine 'FLU-v', created by British company Imutex, suggest a single jab protects against all strains of flu for up to a decade. Trial data show 80% were prevented from getting flu after having the jab. The vaccine also limited flu-like symptoms, with 60% of those given the jab developing fewer than two symptoms. With these Phase IIb results announced, Imutex hope to achieve a 'breakthrough designation' from the US FDA paving the way to make it available on the NHS.

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Flu Sending Fewer to Doctor's Office, But Season 'Not Over Yet'23 February 2018

The deadly grip of the flu season appears to be weakening, but experts warn 'we're still in the thick of it.'

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Public Health England Weekly National Influenza Report22 February 2018

Influenza continues to circulate widely, although activity has now peaked. To date, a total of 2,045 new hospital admissions 241 confirmed fatal influenza cases deaths have been reported in the UK this flu season.

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