For years, there has been controversy surrounding the chemical tert-butylhydroquinone (TBHQ). Currently, it is in many food products as an antioxidant. Essentially, its function is to extend the shelf life of certain foods. Robert Freeborn, a toxicologist at Michigan State University, recently carried out a study that looked at its effects on the flu vaccine. The results were cause for worry for anyone who has received the shot.
Ivan Misiura | United States
Influenza, commonly referred to as the flu, is not like most other diseases we get vaccinated for today. It is not uncommon for one to receive the flu shot and still contract the dreaded virus. This is due to its ability to quickly – and unpredictably – mutate and overcome various vaccines.
As of now, scientists choose the flu shot you receive largely by educated guess; whatever strain hit last year. The variation and adaptation of the virus have made it notorious for its difficulty to fight.
A universal vaccine that would cover all strains of the virus would be incredibly valuable for both researchers and the global population. The development of a universal vaccine would mean that those with excellent immune systems would not need to get a shot more than once a decade for protection. Continue reading “Australian Team Draws Closer to Universal Flu Shot”