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Research to improve vaccines underwayPosted On Wed, August 18, 2010
A nationwide project is underway to research how humans respond to naturally acquired infections and vaccines. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is giving $100 million to six human immune phenotyping centers for the research.
NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci says that being able to conduct such research is needed to further learn how the body responds to diseases and the immune system.
"Recognizing the differences in immune system activity before, during and after exposure to an infectious agent or vaccine will help in the development of safer, more effective therapeutics and vaccines."
One infection that the researchers will be looking at, West Nile virus, has been known to have harmful and even deadly effects on people. Fortunately, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that less than 1 percent of people with West Nile become extremely sick.
Being able to know how to best treat certain illnesses will help prevent people from having to make many doctor's appointments and health insurance use.
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