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effectiveness of flu vaccine varies by individual-imprinting

January 24, 2019 04:46PM
[www.statnews.com]

the first flu you ever had caused you to develop antibodies to THAT particular strain AND similar ones. When those strains come around again, your body fights them best.
One question the article asks is, when a person's first contact with the flu is a vaccine (with as many as four strains), will that person have an initial imprint for all four strains?

I'm not sure why they don't know the answer to that yet.

Why can't they take blood samples and determine what you have antibodies to/for?

Likewise, with the whole antibiotics issue--when deciding whether to prescribe antibiotics of not, why can't they take a blood sample (or other liquid, like phlegm) , look at it under a microscope, and determine if you are dealing with a virus or a bacterial infection?

I came across an article in a 1940's reader's digest about overuse of antibiotics-darn it, why haven't we learned to diagnose the nature of an infection and prescribe appropriately?

And where's the medicine for viruses?

I'm just thinking we should take the shortest route to solutions,in terms of prioritizing research
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