T cell discovery may aid development of universal flu shot

09/23/2013 | CBS News · Medical News Today

Researchers from Imperial College London found an approach that could help develop a universal flu vaccine. Scientists analyzed blood samples from 342 people taken during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic and found higher levels of CD8 T cells in volunteers who caught the flu but had mild symptoms or no symptoms. Creating a vaccine that stimulates immune system production of CD8 T cells could help protect against all flu strains and prevent pandemics.

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