Bacterial Respiratory Tract Colonization Prior To Catching The Flu May Protect Against Severe Illness, Wistar Institute Study

Published: Jul 11, 2014

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Many studies have shown that more severe illness and even death are likely to result if you develop a secondary respiratory infection after developing influenza. Now, however, a team of researchers based at The Wistar Institute has determined that if you reverse the order of infection, the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae (often called pneumococcus) may actually protect against a bad case of the flu.

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