This health video focuses on the vaccine available to combat Bird flu.
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Jennifer Mathews: It's flu season, but Marilyn Rotundo isn't getting a regular flu shot. Marilyn is one of 75 seniors taking part in a study of the avian or bird flu vaccine. David Bernstein, says, “In early trials, the vaccine produced an immune response in healthy adults. Dr. David Bernstein: Once we established that it was safe and did what we hoped it would do in normal healthy adults, then we move to our most vulnerable population, older adults and children. Marilyn Rotundo: It's a concern of everybody, family and workers. Jennifer Mathews: Most of the concern about the bird flu centers on a strain called H5N1. It's deadly, and we have no immunity to it. Recent outbreaks have occurred in Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and China. Dr. David Bernstein: This is in case, this bird flu comes to the states, we'll be ready. Jennifer Mathews: After three shots, blood drawn from study participants will be checked for antibodies that can fight off the bird flu. Experts believe, so far, almost all human cases have come from direct contact with poultry. Dr. David Bernstein: When it acquires that ability to go person to person to person, we have a big problem. Jennifer Mathews: But even if this virus spreads, we can still avoid it. Dr. David Bernstein: Common sense - washing your hands, staying a good distance from people who are coughing and sneezing. Jennifer Mathews: Good advice for any flu season. This is Jennifer Mathews reporting.