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DailyDirt: Tis The Season To Catch The Flu

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December is a time to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, but it's also when flu season starts ramping up. Several states have already reported an increase in flu activity, and it appears that the predominant strain of flu found in patients who have been hospitalized so far is H1N1 -- the "Swine Flu" that caused a global pandemic in 2009 but is now a human seasonal flu virus. Here are a few links about the flu season, pandemics, and vaccines. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.
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Filed Under: flu, flu season, health, pandemic, vaccine, virus

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    aldestrawk (profile), 17 Dec 2013 @ 12:31pm

    DNA vaccine

    One new vaccine type was missed here and is missing from the linked Atlantic article. A DNA vaccine takes the RNA for a gene from the target flu virus, makes DNA via reverse transcription, inserts that DNA segment into a plasmid, reproduces that plasmid in bacteria, purifies those plasmids from the bacteria to produce a vaccine. I took part in a clinical trial for a DNA vaccine last year at Stanford. These are quickly produced and offers other advantages or traditional flu vaccines. I have not seen the results of that study yet. I was thinking they would inform me, but results may have been published and I simply haven't searched for them. It could be totally misleading to judge this on a single anecdotal result, but last year was the only year in a long time where I avoided the flu completely.

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