Originally Posted by Narzon
Yeah, we have immune systems, and those immune systems constantly improve by killing those of us who have weaker ones. Part of the beauty of being human is being able to counter natural selection and allow the "weaker" of us to continue living. Vaccines have already saved millions of lives, and while they certainly do need extensive testing, a new one is almost always going to be extremely beneficial. Great news.
EDIT: The flu for most of us is little more than a prolonged cold, but for the elderly, the young, and those in other countries, it can definitely be a fatal disease. Don't underestimate the importance of this thing.
For thousands of people every year, they don't just get a little sick and play COD for a few days; their bodies are too weak to survive the infection.
Hospitals and nursing homes have manditory vaccinations for their nurses/doctors to keep them from getting sick, and passing the infection on to the weaker patients. Same thing why if you are sick and are planning on visiting a nursing home, you should either not go, or wear a face mask.
I know how vaccines (generally) work, I'm just curious if you were saying that this new compound in the article works by elevating a natural immune response or if it is something novel.
I have no greater insight into this, but I believe it sounds like instead of the virus entering the body and hijacking cells to use to reproduce.
In computer terms, the hacker (virus) tries to hack a weak system on a network, gain a foot hold, and use that foot hold to hack other systems on the internal network (the body). If you add a firewall to all computers, the hacker is denied access to all computers, including the foothold computer the hacker would normally exploit. The hacker cannot hack the weaker foothold server and thus cannot gain entry to any other systems on the network from that server.