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Effective Booster Shot A Bit Of Good News Against Bird Flu

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An initial priming shot given in advance of a booster shot may be an effective way to protect people against bird flu, researchers say in a presentation at the annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

The findings help address a major question facing public health officials: How to protect against a possible pandemic caused by a virus whose precise viral make-up won't be known until it has already become a threat?

Influenza pill Tamiflu from Roche AG can effectively tackle pneumonia in children, according to a recent study. Similarly, the drug, administered on severely sick adults suffering from influenza can reduce the risk of death considerably, another study indicated.