Dr. Ted Ross

Influenza and COVID-19 have been compared since the beginning of the pandemic, but with flu season approaching, these two illnesses are about to collide.  Dr. Ted Ross from the University of Georgia explains why getting a flu shot this year is more important than ever before. 

UGA recently received a major grant to test a new universal flu vaccine. The project’s leader, Dr. Ted Ross, talks about the need for a universal vaccine, and UGA’s role in the process. 

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Residents in an around Athens can help take part in flu research efforts at the University of Georgia.

Every year the Center for Vaccines and Immunology assesses how the current flu vaccines are working. Dr. Ted Ross is head of the center.

“So we work with the clinical trials research unit over at the medical campus here at UGA and we are enrolling subjects right now" Ross said. "It’s a study where you get a free flu shot, you get compensated for each time you come in and blood samples are taken.”

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The University of Georgia could receive up to 130 million dollars to boost research efforts in developing a universal flu vaccine.

UGA signed a contract with the National Institutes of Health for an initial award of $8 million to develop a more advanced vaccine designed to protect against multiple strains of influenza virus in a single dose.

Dr. Ted Ross, Director of the Center for Vaccines and Immunology at UGA, will head the research.