New study shows vaccines are not enough

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 4:38pm

A new study from the University Of Minnesota warns, the vaccines we are so used to, are not enough.
Michael Osterholm is with the universities center for infectious diseases research and policy. His team of researchers found that during some flu seasons the vaccine was not as effective, especially for the elderly. The study says the injectable vaccine protects adults at a rate of about 59 percent and did not protect children or seniors. The study also found that the nasal spray vaccine offered protection 83 percent of the time for adults and showed no evidence of protection for children or seniors. He still urges people to get the flu shot because he says currently, its the best defense we have.

Doctor Osterholm: "We believe current influenza vaccines will continue to have a role in reducing influenza morbidity until more effective interventions are available but we can no longer accept the status quo regarding vaccine research and development." 
 He says his findings are a clear reason why there should be more investment in what he calls game changing vaccines that will offer more protection. He says currently there are almost 200 trial vaccines being tested, but very few of them are in the United States. For now, nurses like Mcginn say they will work with what they have because some protection is better than none.


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