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Why is there not a vaccine for the common cold?

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A vaccine to prevent the common cold has been difficult to make, primarily because there are more than 200 different varieties of viruses that can cause colds.

SOURCES: 

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Common Cold." 

Palo Alto Medical Foundation: "The Common Cold." 

University of Virginia Health System: "Upper Respiratory Infection (URI or Common Cold)." 

National Jewish Medical and Research Center: "Getting Well When You Have a Cold or the Flu." 

FDA: "Colds and Flu: Time only Sure Cure." 

American Lung Association: "A Survival Guide for Preventing and Treating Influenza and the Common Cold."

UpToDate.com.

Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on March 29, 2019

SOURCES: 

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Common Cold." 

Palo Alto Medical Foundation: "The Common Cold." 

University of Virginia Health System: "Upper Respiratory Infection (URI or Common Cold)." 

National Jewish Medical and Research Center: "Getting Well When You Have a Cold or the Flu." 

FDA: "Colds and Flu: Time only Sure Cure." 

American Lung Association: "A Survival Guide for Preventing and Treating Influenza and the Common Cold."

UpToDate.com.

Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on March 29, 2019

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