Ingredients in flu vaccine won't hurt you – two pharmacists explain why

Many people object to the added ingredients in vaccines. But pharmacists explain why those fears are unwarranted.

Anne P. Kim, Clinical assistant professor, Washington State University • conversation
Nov. 13, 2020 ~9 min

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Until a coronavirus vaccine is ready, pneumonia vaccines may reduce deaths from COVID-19

A COVID-19 vaccine isn't the only tool for fighting this pandemic. An immunologist argues that safe pneumonia vaccines would reduce the severity of COVID-19, save lives and prevent the worst cases.

Robert Root-Bernstein, Professor of Physiology, Michigan State University • conversation
Oct. 14, 2020 ~10 min

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A step toward a universal flu vaccine

With computer models and lab experiments, researchers are working on a strategy for vaccines that could protect against any influenza virus.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 7, 2020 ~8 min

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Immune check-in may lead to a flu vaccine that lasts

A new approach that shows how the immune system responds to vaccination could lead to ways to build a better flu vaccine, researchers say.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
Sept. 8, 2020 ~8 min

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What happens when COVID-19 and influenza collide? Can hospitals handle the strain?

Pandemic policy experts offer 10 recommendations that could reduce the risk that a bad flu season on top of the COVID-19 pandemic will overwhelm hospitals.

Leslie Ruyle, Associate Research Scientist and Assistant Director Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University • conversation
Aug. 20, 2020 ~8 min

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Getting a flu shot this year is more important than ever because of COVID-19

The flu vaccine will be available in most places Sept. 1. A public health nurse explains why it's especially important to get vaccinated for it this year.

Libby Richards, Associate Professor of Nursing, Purdue University • conversation
Aug. 19, 2020 ~7 min

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Dedicated clinics can ‘flatten the curve’ in flu pandemics

Dedicated flu clinics can limit the number of people infected and could help policymakers seeking ways to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, too.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Aug. 10, 2020 ~5 min

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Adults with obesity have higher swine flu risk

Obesity increases susceptibility to H1N1 flu, a new study finds. It may help clarify why diseases like the flu and COVID-19 affect people differently.

Nardy Baeza Bickel-Michigan • futurity
Aug. 4, 2020 ~5 min

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Vaccine additive boosts immune flexibility

New research suggests how additives called adjuvants might become part of a universal vaccine and protect people from a wider variety of influenza strains.

Quinn Eastmann-Emory • futurity
July 23, 2020 ~6 min

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