Shaping a universally broad antibody response to influenza amidst a variable immunoglobulin landscape

Publication date: August 2018
Source:Current Opinion in Immunology, Volume 53
Author(s): Sarah F Andrews, Adrian B McDermott
One hundred years ago, the 1918 H1N1 Pandemic killed 20 million people worldwide. Despite the introduction of a worldwide surveillance system, large-scale production of influenza vaccines coupled with annual vaccination schemes, influenza remains a major public health concern. Prevention of influenza on a population basis requires intimate knowledge of the interplay between the virus’ ability to escape the immune response and persistent recall and regeneration of the antibody response. Here we will briefly outline the nature of the antibody response, focusing on the response to intransigent regions of the hemagglutinin (HA) and speculate on the how this data may be used to inform and ultimately develop a universal influenza vaccine.