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Bird Flu vaccine testing at University of Iowa

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- H1N1 influenza certainly pushed bird flu out of the public eye, but research continues into stopping a possible future pandemic.

University of Iowa Healthcare researchers are enrolling healthy adults age 18 to 49 in a vaccine study.  It's to test the safety and effectiveness of different doses of the AH5N1 bird flu vaccine.

Researchers say bird flu hasn't been a problem in humans yet, but are testing it to be ready just in case of an outbreak.

"It's now changed enough that the original vaccines we were developing four years ago or so are no longer effective for the new viruses that are seen. So now, we're starting to look at vaccines for these new viruses," Dr. Pat Winokur said.

There are more than two-thousand research studies in progress at the University of Iowa at any given time.  This one is being conducted in the new Medical Testing Facilities.

Online Producer: Mike Verlo

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