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Yarraman Flu or Horse Flu? Words and Graphics Influence Willingness to Vaccinate

June 21, 2017

“Yarraman flu is a virus quickly infecting the U.S. .…” The mock announcement was enough to make readers worry. But when the name of the hypothetical illness was changed to “horse flu”, readers reported being less motivated to get a vaccine that would prevent them from contracting the illness. The research was published as two studies in Vaccine and Emerging Infectious Diseases. ... Read more

HPV Vaccination Rate Highest in High-Poverty, Hispanic Communities

January 21, 2016

The campaign to immunize children to protect against the cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV) has never quite gone mainstream. And new research from University of Utah College of Nursing Assistant Professor Deanna Kepka reveals just how difficult it might be to meet national objectives for herd immunity. ... Read more

Building Immune System Memory

October 20, 2015

A study led by the University of Utah School of Medicine has identified molecular mechanisms that control an immune cell’s ability to remember. They found that in helper T cells, the proteins Oct1 and OCA-B work together to put immune response genes on standby so that they are easily activated when the body is re-exposed to a pathogen. The research, which could inform strategies for developing better vaccines, was performed in collaboration with scientists from The Broad Institute and University of Michigan, and published in The Journal of Experimental Medicine.... Read more