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    Re: ‘Universal’ flu vaccine moves ahead

    Quote Originally Posted by quatrotritikali View Post
    Is a universal flu vaccine really a good idea?

    Influenza spreads around the world in seasonal epidemics, resulting in the deaths of between 250,000 and 500,000 people every year;* up to millions in some pandemic years.

    Wouldn't mankind be taking away a method of population control used by Mother Nature to try to maintain some balance in the world? I'm sure that more people die each year from other things besides a killer flu. However, a universal flu vaccine could conceivably allow between 250,000 and 500,000 people to remain on this planet. These people would continue to use up resources on the planet, and some will continue to procreate. The population increases steadily. I wonder how many people would have been born last year around the world if flu had not killed the potential parents first?
    If you are that concerned with over population, and feel the population of this Earth should be reduced, please step to the head of the line.
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    Re: ‘Universal’ flu vaccine moves ahead

    Quote Originally Posted by Orion View Post
    The idea behind it is interesting, but I don't think flu vaccinations are necessary for the majority of the population. I find our society takes an outside-in approach to our bodies in that we focus on the route of pathogens and dissecting viral RNA in order to work towards cures.

    An inside-out approach is better when it comes to the flu. If you maintain a healthy lifestyle then your natural defenses will be at their peak and you will have a minuscule chance of contracting the flu.
    That isnt actually true. You will decrease your risk factor by having a healthy lifestyle but a vaccine will drop it far below that.

    Also, even if this vaccine presents a base RNA which can let your body adapt to X number of strains, it will never be universal because the flu will always mutate. Research and development almost always develops conflicts with clinical experience (which is why clinical practitioners and researchers often butt heads within the medical world). On paper it probably looks like a universal vaccine but research conditions are so standardized that it can't account for every variable.
    I dont think anyone is claiming its the panacea for influenza, it's just more effective against more strains of the flu
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