Is there an effective vaccine against bird flu?

Yes. Yes we have effective vaccine for avian influenza h5n1 - bird flu. But remember that flu virus very easily mutates and can create subtypes for which current vaccine could not effective.
No. There is no vaccine available to prevent the bird flu. Researchers have plans to rapidly manufacture a vaccine should a bird flu epidemic occur among humans. Flu viruses change (mutate) so researchers keep track of any mutations when each case of bird flu is investigated. The current seasonal flu vaccines (for 2010-2012) protect against the h1n1, type a, and type b flu viruses.

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What is bird flu vaccine?

Bird Flu Vaccine. Vaccine to protect against avian influenza (bird flu) also known as strain h5n1. This is different from the annual flu shot and the recent swine flu vaccine h1n1. The vaccine is kept in stockpiles for use in the event of an outbreak. Currently it is not a routine vaccine since avian flu rarely infects humans. People who work with poultry are most likely to be infected. Read more...

Will antiviral medication be effective in treating bird flu?

Let's hope so. Neuraminidase inhibitors (nai's) are the only reliable antivirals used to treat human influenza. Approved nai's include oseltamivir (tamiflu) & zanamivir (relenza). Avian influenza (bird flu) is also treated with oseltamivir. Both human & avian influenza can mutate & become resistant to nai's. Cases of h5n1 avian influenza resistant to oseltamivir have been found. New nai's are in development now. Read more...
Possibly. Amantadine and ramantidine have been used, but have a high rate of resistance. Tamiflu and Relenza (zanamivir) are available by prescription and have shown variable success. Resistance has been high in this specific influenza variety. Read more...