Broad protection from a universal flu vaccine could replace seasonal flu shots.
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Annual flu vaccines are in a constant race against a rapidly mutating virus that may one day cause the next pandemic. A one-time vaccine protecting against all variants could give humanity a leg up.
Pediatric emergency rooms in some states are at or over capacity due to the surging number of respiratory infections.
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Respiratory viruses are hitting young children and infants particularly hard this fall and winter season, and experts don’t yet know exactly why.
Model of an influenza virus. Flu season is expected to make a big comeback this year.
Flu and COVID-19 are expected to make headway during the current respiratory virus season. The best way to stay healthy is vaccination in conjunction with personal protective measures.
People are strongly urged to get a flu shot and a COVID booster shot ahead of the potential ‘twindemic’ expected this winter.
It is safe to get the newly formulated COVID-19 booster shot and the flu shot at the same time.
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When COVID-19 and the flu co-infect, it’s ‘flurona.’ But such cases are rare, and there are effective ways to protect yourself from both viruses.
Flu vaccinations protect against four subtypes of influenza. But we don’t know what subtypes will circulate this flu season.
If you’re over 65, you’ll likely get an immune-boosting flu shot. And there are options for those who don’t want a vaccine made with eggs – though the standard shots are safe for those with allergies.
Far from a mild disease, the flu can cause serious illness and death, particularly among children and older age groups. The flu vaccine isn’t perfect, but it’s the best way to protect yourself.
Flu vaccines will soon be available. And this year, you can get your COVID shot at the same time.
Researchers are working to develop vaccines that provide long-term immune protection from COVID-19.
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Because COVID-19 is a relatively new virus, researchers still aren’t sure exactly how long vaccines and prior infections provide protection.
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Former health secretary Jeremy Hunt is concerned that the U-turn on vaccine mandates for NHS staff will make it harder to implement them in the future.
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Wouldn’t it be nice if one shot could protect you for life?
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You need a new shot every year because current flu vaccines provide limited and temporary protection. But researchers’ new strategy could mean a one-and-done influenza vaccine is on the way.
Francesca Passer, a registered pharmacist technician, carefully fills a syringe with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 mRNA vaccine at a vaccine clinic during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Dec. 15, 2020.
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Juan Miranda receives a flu shot from Yadira Santiago Banuelos, family nurse practitioner, at the Family Health Clinic of Monon in Monon, Indiana.
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