Journal article

Prospects for antibody-based universal influenza vaccines in the context of widespread pre-existing immunity

Adam Kenneth Wheatley, Stephen John Kent

EXPERT REVIEW OF VACCINES | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

Influenza inflicts significant global mortality and morbidity that can be combated by effective immunization. However, the protective efficacy of current vaccines is limited by both the significant antigenic diversity of the viral hemagglutinin protein and the capacity for rapid antigenic change. This necessitates global influenza surveillance efforts, frequent vaccine reformulation and annual readministration. There is, therefore, tremendous interest in the development of novel strategies to elicit broad and durable protection against both seasonal and pandemic infection. This review presents an overview of candidate universal influenza vaccines designed to elicit cross-protective antibody ..

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