State health officials have asked for Missouri's portion of a national supply of antiviral medications that could be used to treat swine flu. The request comes as five states, including neighboring Kansas, have confirmed cases of the new flu strain.
Margaret Donnelly directs Missouri's Department of Health and Senior Services. She says state health officials are watching national developments closely.
St. Louis University researchers say they're one step closer to developing a universal vaccine for the common flu virus. They presented their findings at a National Foundation for Infectious Disease conference in Baltimore Monday.
Researchers gave nearly 400 adults a low dose of a universal vaccine for six months. They say it produced high antibody levels, similar to those that protect small animals with flu from disease and death.