TWiV 480: The PFU in your achoo

February 11, 2018

Gesundheit-IIScott Hensley joins the TWiVites to review the current influenza season and presence of the virus in exhaled breath of symptomatic cases.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson DespommierAlan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

Guest: Scott Hensley

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One comment on “TWiV 480: The PFU in your achoo

  1. majda Feb 16, 2018

    Hello TWIV team,
    thank you for the interesting episode about flu vaccine. I have two questions regarding this topic:
    1. Is there a cumulative effect of flu vaccine protection? Is a person who get the flu vaccine every year better protected than someone who got the vaccine for the first time? I would guess that there should be some epitopes that remain similar at least for some time and therefore the antibodies from one year may help during next years as well.
    2. You mentioned that big pharmaceutic companies do not make any money from flu vaccination. What does it mean? I guess they cannot do it for nothing. If I say it to someone who is against vaccination it does not sound very reliable. Is it possible to find how much money these pharma make from vaccines in contrast with other medicines?
    I am sorry for my English, hope it is possible to understand my questions.