Every year in Canada, there is an average of 23,000 cases of lab-confirmed influenza, 12,000 people who need to be admitted to hospital and 3,500 flu deaths.
As influenza season begins in North America, many people wonder whether to get a flu shot. Our expert delves into the pros and cons of the vaccine and how it works.
Vaccines for the flu offer mediocre coverage compared with those for other diseases.
A better vaccine could have reduced the rates of flu, but not the high-dose Fluzone vaccine doctors were touting at the start of the week.
Computers may play an important role in preparing us for the next viral outbreak – whether flu or Ebola.
UW Institute for Protein Design
This antivirus software protects health, not computers. Researchers are beginning to combat deadly infections using computer-generated antiviral proteins – a valuable tool to fight a future pandemic.
Health workers during the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The Chinese view of and response to epidemics differs markedly from that developed in the West.
Not every country prepares for global health threats in the same way.
Aedes aegypti, the Zika-carrying mosquito.
The Zika outbreak that started in Brazil in 2015 continues on five continents, causing neurological disease and birth defects.
After the Spanish flu we didn’t see any new flu strains for forty years. Now novel strains are increasingly popping up.
How is it the flu has managed to stay around for so long, and why haven't we beaten it yet?
The avian influenza strain of bird flu is thought to spread across continents via wild migratory birds.
Functional early warning systems help countries respond to a disease before it spreads.
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Universal flu vaccines have reached the stage where they are no longer just a 'hopeful hypothesis'.
GMOs may very well have filled up that syringe.
Syringe image via www.shutterstock.com
Public health experts enlist the molecular biology tools that create genetically modified organisms – as well as the GMOs themselves – in the fight against emerging infectious diseases.
Life hasn’t been sweet for the honeybees lately.
New study maps the spread of 'deformed wing virus' – and it follows patterns of human trade.
They’re coming to get you.
Centers For Disease Control and Prevention
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Predicting the severity of the flu season based on one data set paints an unnecessarily scary picture.
Sabbhat Sabacio Striges/Flickr
Australia's in the middle of the annual flu season and once again, it's claimed to the worst on record. But why is it that every season seems to outdo previous ones and how bad is this year, really?
Celebrations as Liberia is declared Ebola free.
The last century has given us much to draw on when it comes to dealing with pandemics.
Air travel can turn epidemics into pandemics.
More than 8,000 people have died from Ebola in West Africa since February 2014 and it has spread beyond the three countries initially affected. So, it’s an epidemic, right? Or is it an outbreak? What about…
Too much information could be a recipe for disaster.
Abode of Chaos
Last October, scientists in California sequenced the DNA for the “type H” botulinum toxin. One gram of this toxin would be sufficient to kill half a billion people, making it the deadliest substance yet…
Pandemics produce an extraordinary outpouring of emotion which is out of proportion to the number of actual cases and deaths.
It’s ten years since SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) upset our complacency about infectious diseases and now we are faced by another “new” disease. H7N9 bird flu is currently spreading through…
Mutations of the flu virus render drugs ineffective for treating infected patients.
The United Nations Food and Agricultute Organisation is warning authorities to be on high alert after a mutant strain of bird flu was found to be spreading across Asia. While bird flu hasn’t traditionally…
Microorganisms have been found to travel vast distances and might even be able to blow between continents, potentially spreading…