Why isn’t there a cold vaccine like there is for the flu?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Dr. Ronald Turner, Professor of Pediatrics, UVA, Virginia School of Medicine discusses why there isn’t a cold vaccine like there is for the flu.

    Dr. Ronald Turner

    Ronald Turner, MD, is Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Clinical Research at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Turner earned his MD degree from Southern Illinois University and did his training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Columbus Children’s Hospital (Ohio State University) and the University of Virginia. He subsequently served in faculty positions at the University of Utah and the Medical University of South Carolina. In addition to his administrative role at the University of Virginia, Dr. Turner has clinical care and teaching responsibilities in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. His research interests are directed at the pathogenesis and treatment of viral respiratory infections.

    Host: Why is not there a cold vaccine like there is for the flu?

    Ronald Turner: Well, the flu of course, there are just a small number of antigenic types that cause the flu in any given season and so we can produce a vaccine that covers those types. In contrast with common cold, there are a large number of different viruses that cause colds. So, providing a vaccine that would be protective against all of those different viruses at the same time just is not feasible.