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.