Oregon hospital researching the development of a universal flu vaccine

CDC/MGN

PORTLAND, Ore. (KWCH) - Oregon Health & Science University Hospital is researching the creation of a universal flu vaccine with the help of a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The vaccine would only need to be taken once in a person's lifetime, rather than every single year. The university is one of six research hospitals around the world to receive the grant.

"Having a vaccine that you take once in your life and gives you lifelong protection from influenza would have remarkable impact across the globe, especially in third world countries", said Jonah Sacha, OHSU's lead researcher for the project.

OHSU is already researching the development of vaccines against HIV and tuberculosis with grants also from the Gates Foundation.

The Gates Foundation challenged hospitals who receive the grant to have the universal vaccine available within two years.