Duke University’s Universal Flu Vaccine

Duke University is working on an improved flu vaccine that you get once and then you're essentially protected for a longer amount of time — or hopefully for forever. Watch this video to learn more about the Universal Flu Vaccine.

“On the virus particle, there's five to 10 times more hemagglutinin than neuraminidase,” said Nicholas Heaton , PhD, an associate professor of molecular genetics and microbiology at Duke who led the research. “If we took your blood to see if are you likely to be protected from a strain of flu, we'd be measuring what your antibodies do to hemagglutinin as the best metric of what's likely to happen to you. The strongest correlates of protection have to do with hemagglutinin-directed immunity.”