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As people age, their immune system becomes less robust.
Influenza researchers have found that flu strains migrate back and forth between different regions of the world, evolving along the way.
A commonly held theory says that flu virus originates every year in Southeast and Eastern Asia, making this region the source of seasonal flu epidemics in other parts of the world.
In the wake of UK statistics that show that only one-third of those considered most at risk are getting their annual flu shots comes a report of a new, universal vaccine that could provide lifelong protection against all strains of influenza.
Influenza A virus causes influenza in birds and some mammals. It is a genus of the Orthomyxoviridae family of viruses. Although the virus is uncommon several strains have been isolated from wild birds. Some can cause severe disease in domestic poultry and sometimes in humans. They are negative sense, single-stranded, segmented RNA viruses. Each subtype has mutated into a variety of strains with different pathogenic profiles. There is a vaccine for humans incase there is an avian influenza, or...
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