Not only would a vaccine designed to go for the stem be the perfect one-hit cure for our annual fall time anxieties, it might also help prevent a pandemic flu.
According to Professor John Oxford, a flu expert at the University of London, "This is a leap forward compared to anything done recently. They have good animal data, not just in mice but in ferrets and monkeys too. And they've done it with the bird flu virus H5N1. It's a very good stepping stone. Ultimately, the hope is to get a vaccine that will cover a pandemic virus."
Despite the recent breakthrough, it still might be years until a human-ready cocktail is ready, though: so please, use those sick days, and sneeze into your elbow.
Michelle No is an editorial assistant at Supercompressor and she doesn't mind shots. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.