Scientists working on flu shot that would last five to ten years

As we hit the heart of flu season, researchers are revealing they are working on a new flu shot, that could keep you from having to go back to the doctor year after year.

The Washington Post is reporting that the vaccine research center at the National Institute of Allergy and Infection Diseases is trying to develop a long lasting vaccine.

Barney Graham, the deputy director of the center says it hopes to create a vaccine that lasts up to 10 years using modern molecular technology that wasn't available until the last few years.

How the flu vaccine is made
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How the flu vaccine is made

If successful, it would be a significant advance over the current flu shot which requires adjustments to the vaccine each year, that depend on predictions of which flu viruses are going to be prevalent that season.

It's something Doctors say is key because flu symptoms are intense and sometimes deadly, especially if your are older, a child, have a chronic health condition or are pregnant. The symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue.

Until another option is available, the CDC says a flu vaccination each year is still the best way to protect yourself.

(By: Talia Kaplan)

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