PALO ALTO (KCBS) _ Stanford University’s School of Medicine is looking for twins to help test how people respond to seasonal flu vaccines.

“What we’re trying to understand is what role genetics plays in being able to predict what the immune response to influenza vaccine is,” said Dr. Corry Dekker, Medical Director of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Vaccine Program.

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Dekker and her team of researchers are also looking into how age plays a role.

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“There are aspects of the immune system that don’t seem to kick in as well following an immunization when you’re older or more frail,” she said.

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The vaccine trials are part of a larger, five-year program funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Twins who want to volunteer have to do so in pairs and can’t already have received their flu shot this season.

More info:
Stanford Flu Vaccine Program

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