The technology behind the Pfizer COVID vaccine could soon be used to fight the flu

Jacksonville, Fla. – The Jacksonville Clinical Research Center has been given the opportunity to conduct bioengineering testing similar to the COVID-19 vaccine.

Researchers at the clinic say that when it comes to preventing complications from the flu, it can make a difference in the game.

Dr. Alpa Patel has been selected as the lead investigator of Pfizer MRI RNA flu shots. She is an internal medicine practitioner and has previously been a co-investigator for both Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 MRNA vaccination studies.

“With the help of RNA, it can give the body more signals and stimulate more proteins to respond to a broader immune response at the same time,” Patel said.

According to the doctor, the center already has a list of patients who are interested in testing.

During the flu season, a common flu vaccine uses dead or weak versions of the flu to force the body to respond. By comparison, MRI technology sends certain messages to our immune system – that is, we are not infected.


“Your body actually gives you instructions on what kind of proteins you need to make, and they get out of your system very quickly,” explains Patel.

Patel says there is a lot of misinformation about MRI technology, which means that people may not want to get PFEZ COVID vaccine because they use MRI.

“One of the misconceptions I heard was: Can this DNA change? Absolutely not, ”Patel said. “It’s just a matter of using DNA to make protein. It will never enter your cell. ”

Pfizer is still working to prevent the flu vaccine from accumulating in very cold temperatures, such as the COVID vaccine. If it does not require cold storage, the flu vaccine can be produced in bulk.

The tests last up to a year and determine if only one dose is needed. At least 150 volunteers will be closely monitored. Half of them will be vaccinated against pneumonia, while others will get the common flu vaccine.


The Clinical Research Center will begin the trial in approximately two months.

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