University of Maryland awarded $200 million grant for flu vaccine research

Posted at 3:25 PM, Sep 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-20 17:47:40-04

BALTIMORE — Scientists are working to develop a universal flu vaccine and on Friday, WMAR-2 News learned that the University of Maryland will be part of that work.

The school won a $200 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious diseases. According the the CDC, the flu shot reduces your risk of getting sick by 40 to 60 percent.

However, that's only when scientists accurately predict which strains will affect people the most.

For the next seven years, researchers at the University of Maryland will work on the flu vaccine while also improving seasonal flu shots, which everyone is encouraged to get.