Influenza Virus Vaccine
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 July 2021) | Viewed by 20307
Interests: vaccines; influenza virus; adenovirus; HIV; vectored vaccines; virus–host interactions
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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has taught us the importance of vaccine research in pandemic preparedness. The 1918 influenza pandemic and subsequent influenza pandemics of 1957, 1968, 1977, and 2009 have demonstrated the pandemic potential of influenza virus. Moreover, each year seasonal influenza outbreaks cause a high degree of morbidity and mortality. Influenza vaccines are therefore important for the prevention of disease, and indeed to decrease the number of hospitalizations and deaths due to influenza virus infection. Since influenza virus has a strong propensity to drift, each year influenza vaccines are developed against the strain of influenza virus that is predicted to be dominant that year. However, compared to vaccines for other infectious diseases, current influenza vaccines are still less effective. Some of the limitations of current influenza vaccines include lengthy manufacturing processes, requirement of annual vaccination, chance of strain mismatch, and lower efficacy in older adults. Moreover, current influenza vaccines will not be able to provide any protection in the case of influenza pandemic. Thus, there is a need for a universal influenza vaccine and an improved vaccine production process to make enough vaccine doses quickly. Improved vaccines against avian and swine influenza virus are important to protect our livestock and to minimize chances of human exposure to these influenza viruses. Additionally, there is a requirement for the development of improved model systems for the rapid testing and comparison of novel vaccines. In recent years, influenza vaccine research has made a great deal of progress, and a number of promising novel vaccines are in clinical trials. Hopefully, we will be better prepared when a new influenza pandemic arrives.
This special issue of Vaccines will cover all these aspects of influenza vaccine research.
Dr. Amit Gaba
Dr. Laurent Verkoczy
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- universal vaccine
- avian influenza
- swine influenza