Understanding the response of our immune system’s powerful army
New University of Melbourne research investigates why our immune systems can swing from cytokine storm to immune suppression fighting infections like COVID-19.
The lessons from past pandemics
From the bubonic plague to the Spanish flu, pandemics are not new, but a University of Melbourne expert says the 21st century has advancements and challenges.
But I got my flu shot? Why the flu vaccine works for some and not others
New research from the University of Melbourne has discovered why some people aren’t immune to the flu even after they’ve had the influenza vaccine.
Forecasting flu outbreaks
New software, developed by University of Melbourne experts, uses statistical probability to forecast our flu season, but may also help respond to bio-terrorism.
Why flu can be fatal
Infections like flu can 'paralyse' the immune system, making a secondary infection like pneumonia more likely, according to University of Melbourne research.
Stopping the flu before it takes hold
University of Melbourne researchers find a way to prime the innate immune system to potentially head off respiratory infections, like flu, before we get sick.
Stopping the flu virus at the nose
University of Melbourne researchers find flu-fighting cells in our noses that can act as "nasal border patrol' against the influenza virus.
The University of Melbourne is home to a team of expert flu-hunters, who track the virus's mutations and help update the annual vaccine.