Denton County Living Well Magazine March/April 2016 - Page 33

Flu viruses are parasites that live inside cells and therefore antibodies, which operate outside of cells, are not the most effective way to protect against the virus. The Universal Flu Vaccine takes the battle from outside the cell to inside the cell where there is another arm of the immune system called cellmediated immunity. This part of the immune system contains specific T cells that are stimulated to produce viruskilling agents called cytokines when they come in contact with a flu virus after exposure to the Universal Flu Vaccine. The goal is not just to take the fight to the virus source, but also to offer broader protection that doesn’t change year to year. This would allow for less frequent vaccinations (about every five years vs. annually), similar to the Tetanus or Polio vaccine. In addition, it would offer protection against potential pandemic flu strains as well––think swine (H1N1) and bird (H5N1 and H7N9) flu strains. While, it’s too early to know how severe the 2016 flu season will be, it will soon become clearer how effective this year’s vaccine is. During any lation, causing illness, lost workdays, hospitalizations and even deaths. Until we see a breakthrough with Universal Flu Vaccine, we must return to that particular flu season, the virus may infect up to 20% of the entire popu- old mantra, “get a flu shot and hope for the best.” North Texas Center for Sight Our mission is to provide the best eye care possible and improve your vision as much as medically possible. Full Service Optical & Eyewear Gallery Contact Lens Exam & Fitting Optometry Services: ✔Comprehensive Eye Exams Comprehensive Ophthalmology ✔Eyelid Surgery ✔Glaucoma & Diabetic Management ✔ARMD Management ✔Laser Surgery for Glaucoma & ✔Diabetic Retinopathy ✔Dry Eyes & Allergies ✔Micro Incision Cataract Surgery ✔Restor Multi-Focal & Toric Lens Implants 940-243-2020 Nicki Sayani, MD Comprehensive Ophthalmology 2220 Emery Street Denton, TX 76201 All major health insurance and vision plans accepted. DENTON COUNTY Living Well Magazine | MARCH/APRIL 2016 31