Flu antibodies can make disease worse

Flu antibodies can make disease worse

Pigs vaccinated against one influenza virus got lung damage if infected with another strain

By Tina Hesman Saey, 16:30 PM August 27, 2013

Some antibodies to flu viruses may actually make patients sicker, a new study of pigs suggests.

The finding, published August 28 in Science Translational Medicine, may point to problems with catchall influenza vaccines.

Pigs vaccinated against a seasonal strain of influenza made antibodies to that strain. Some of the antibodies could also latch on to a different flu virus that caused a pandemic among humans in 2009, report scientists led by Hana Golding of the Food and Drug Administration’s Cen...

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