The current pandemic caused by the new influenza A(H1N1) virus of swine origin and the current pandemic threat caused by the highly pathogenic avian influenza A viruses of the H5N1 subtype have renewed the interest in the development of vaccines that can induce broad protective immunity. Preferably, vaccines not only provide protection against the homologous strains, but also against heterologous strains, even of another subtype. Here we describe viral targets and the arms of the immune response involved in protection against influenza virus infections such as antibodies directed against the hemagglutinin, neuraminidase and the M2 protein and cellular immune responses directed against the internal viral proteins.

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Virus Research
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Bodewes, R., Osterhaus, A., & Rimmelzwaan, G. (2010). Targets for the induction of protective immunity against influenza a viruses. Virus Research (Vol. 2, pp. 166–188). doi:10.3390/v2010166