As the World Health Organization declares swine flu a pandemic, an Israeli company has begun clinical trials of a universal flu vaccine that could protect against almost every type of flu virus.

Imagine if you could get one flu shot that would last for three to five years, and protect you from all the different strains of flu around the world?

That’s exactly what Israeli company BiondVax Pharmaceuticals is developing.

Unlike current flu vaccines which can only protect people from a few strains of the virus every year, BiondVax is developing a universal flu vaccine that could be effective against almost any type of flu, from the regular seasonal ones, to avian flu, and even pandemic flu viruses like swine flu.

The Ness Ziona based company is now poised to begin clinical trials of the vaccine in a Tel Aviv hospital.

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