A funding bill approved in the U.S. Senate includes new money for research into a universal flu vaccine.
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar introduced the Flu Vaccine Act earlier this year. It provides additional resources over the next five years to help develop a more effective, universal flu vaccine.
Klobuchar says it will provide critical research at the National Institutes of Health to finally develop a vaccine so Minnesotans and all Americans can be better protected from all variations of the flu. The current vaccine is about 60-percent effective at best.
Minnesota had 6,500 flu-related hospitalizations last season and five pediatric deaths.