The six-storey McMaster Health Campus in downtown Hamilton is expecting its first inhabitants. Moves are being planned to fall consecutively into place beginning in March. Grand opening celebrations are planned for late spring.
The 192,000-square-foot building, directly across from Hamilton City Hall on Main Street, will provide Canada's first co-location of public health services and academic primary care. Both the City of Hamilton Public Health Services and the Department of Family Medicine of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine will be headquartered there, in space built to encourage collaboration.
The fact that this year's flu shot is not a good match against this year's influenza strain is well known, and has happened before.
But now researchers at McMaster University and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York say that a universal flu vaccine may be on the horizon, thanks to the recent discovery of a new class of antibodies that are capable of neutralizing a wide range of influenza A viruses.
"Unlike seasonal vaccines, which must be given annually, this type of vaccine would only be given once, and would have the ability to protect against all strains of flu, even when the virus mutates," said Matthew Miller, an assistant professor in McMaster's Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. "This would prevent the occurrence of flu pandemics and poor vaccine efficiency in the case of mismatches, which actually occurred this year."