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Researcher taking shot at flu vaccine that's more effective, easier to make

February 6, 2013

In the midst of an unusually deadly flu season and armed with a vaccine that only offers partial protection, a Purdue University researcher is working on a flu vaccine that overcomes the need to predict which strains will hit each year and eliminates the common causes of vaccine shortages. This year's vaccine is 62 percent effective or "moderately" effective against the current flu strains, according to early estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Flu-related deaths this season have reached an epidemic level and include 45 children, according to the most recent report.
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