UNDERSTANDING IMMUNITY TO INFLUENZA VIRUSES IN THE INDIGENOUS POPULATION
Grant number: 1091516 | Funding period: 2015 - 2024
Hospitalization rates and mortality from influenza are greatly increased in the Indigenous Australian population. As current vaccines are highly strain-specific, there is an urgent need for a one-shot universal vaccine that protects this vulnerable group against seasonal and pandemic influenza. Immunity provided by T cells is long-lasting, cross-protective and can prevent severe disease. Our findings will inform the design of effective T cell-based influenza vaccines for Indigenous populations.