2 doses of flu vaccine for kids cuts hospitalizations in half

Fully vaccinating children by giving them two doses of the flu vaccine can cut their risk of hospitalization as much as 54%, researchers say.

Nardy Baeza Bickel-Michigan • futurity
Jan. 22, 2020 ~4 min

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Why doesn’t the flu freak us out more?

This past summer, fear of eastern equine encephalitis gripped New England despite its relatively low impact. So why aren't more people scared of the flu?

Boston University • futurity
Dec. 3, 2019 ~1 min

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How the flu shot affects your genes could make it better

Data show that infection and vaccination change the expression of certain genes, which may make the flu shot more effective or lead to a universal vaccine.

Kim Ward-Michigan State • futurity
Nov. 26, 2019 ~4 min

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Could a universal flu vaccine come from antibody that protects mice?

An antibody that gunks up the machinery that flu viruses use to replicate in mice could be the first step towards a universal flu vaccine.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
Oct. 28, 2019 ~7 min

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Airplane first-aid kits don’t have what kids need

"...right now, if you are a parent traveling with a child, we recommend you carry on the medications you think your child might need."

Sarah Avery-Duke • futurity
July 25, 2019 ~3 min

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3 ways low humidity makes flu worse in the winter

Why is the flu worse in winter? Low humidity is a big factor, new research finds.

Ziba Kashef-Yale • futurity
May 22, 2019 ~2 min

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To save lives in the next flu pandemic, tweak vaccine supplies

"In a pandemic, nearly no one would have natural immunity, so the death toll could be significantly high if we don't improve vaccine coverage."

Ben Brumfield-Georgia Tech • futurity
Jan. 15, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: vaccines flu health-and-medicine

Some bacteria make it less likely you’ll get the flu

Some kinds of bacteria make it less likely you'll get the flu, which could be the first step towards a pill to keep you healthy during flu season.

Nardy Baeza Bickel-Michigan • futurity
Jan. 11, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: bacteria flu featured health-and-medicine

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