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Scientists have declared that they have discovered that immune cells can eradicate contracted flu viruses.

The team of researchers in Australia discovered that common T cells found in a human body is able to effectively fight all common flu when it was tested. 

Flu viruses poses higher risks to the elderly, children and those with compromised immune systems.

The World Health Organization says that influenza epidemics are known to kill over hundreds of thousands of people every year and current available vaccines only offers limited protection.  

Koutsakos, the researcher at the University of Melbourne’s Doherty Institute says, Influenza viruses can mutate in various ways making it difficult to be identified and treated.

This new break-through allows the possibility of developing a universal flu shot that can be effective for the maximum amount of time and as well to those people who does not have any T cells in their immune systems.  

The team of researchers used mass spectrometry scanning technique in identifying different molecules by their masses and identify the common characteristics of the virus that causes the different types of flu.

They hope to develop a universal influenza vaccine to diminish influenza outbreaks around the world.  

 (Source: New Straits Times, 2019