(From the May 2013 Issue of MedStat)
Collaborating scientists from Nationwide Children’s, Baylor Institute for Immunology Research and Mount Sinai School of Medicine have identified an important mechanism for stimulating protective immune responses following seasonal influenza vaccinations. While seasonal influenza vaccines protect 60 to 90 percent of healthy adults from “the flu,” the mechanisms providing that protection are still not well understood. The study led by Octavio Ramilo, MD, chief of Infectious Diseases and an investigator in the Center for Vaccines and Immunity at Nationwide Children’s and Hideki Ueno, MD, PhD, an investigator at the Baylor Institute for Immunology Research at Baylor University, demonstrates how certain T cells in the blood are stimulated to provide protective antibody responses with seasonal flu vaccines.
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