Influenza B


two bs or not two bs?

how come we are not doing this already? it seems as if this should be intuitively obvious to the most casual observer.

vaccines likely would work better in protecting children from flu if they included both strains of influenza b instead of just one, saint louis university research has found.

"adding a second influenza b virus strain to the seasonal influenza vaccine would take some of the guesswork out of strain selection and help improve the vaccine's ability to prevent influenza," said robert belshe, m.d., lead investigator and director of the center for vaccine development at saint louis university.

"since in five of the last 10 years, the influenza b component in the vaccine has been the incorrect one, this seems like an obvious advance to me."

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