SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2018

Universal quality-control standards sought for influenza vaccines

Scientists have been striving to counteract the misinformation surrounding influenza vaccines by improving their quality and developing a universal flu vaccine.

Because influenza is a seasonal illness, it is unpredictable whether vaccines will consistently and effectively protect people from the virus. This is one of the main motivators for creating a universal influenza vaccine, which could have a better protection rate.

Part of guaranteeing that the influenza vaccine is credible is monitoring vaccines. Flu vaccines need very specific temperature and refrigeration monitoring. The vaccines must be stored between 35 and 46 degrees Fahrenheit.

If the vaccines do not have specific environmental standards, the shots will begin to degrade and spoil and the vaccines can either become less-effective or lose their effectiveness altogether. By monitoring the storage of vaccines, health professionals have better chances of guaranteeing that the vaccine will be effective for the given year.

This year, most people decided not to receive the vaccine. They reported that they made this decision because the published prevention rate stood at just 40 percent. A universal flu vaccine could solve this problem and provide a wider range of protection for those who choose to receive the vaccine.

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