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Keeping perspective on the coronavirus outbreak

News about the coronavirus that recently spread from Wuhan, China, has increasingly made headlines and filled news segments, yet epidemiologists and infectious disease experts are cautioning the public against panicking. “We don’t have evidence yet to suggest this…

When to get a flu vaccine? Later may be better.

It’s “probably best” for people to wait to later in the flu season to get a flu shot, according to Marc Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Lipsitch, who was quoted in…

Best time for a flu shot? Before Halloween.

Although flu season lasts for months, experts say it’s best to get a flu vaccine by the end of October. An October 8, 2018 article in FiveThirtyEight discussed how long immunity protection lasts after a flu shot and…

Off the Cuff: The 1918 Flu in 2018

If the 1918 flu virus—which killed between 50 million and 100 million people worldwide—were to appear in 2018 with all its lethality, would we be better or worse off than we were a century ago?  

Past encounters with the flu shape vaccine response

Immune history influences vaccine effectiveness, interacting with other potential problems arising from the manufacturing process For immediate release: February 20, 2018 New research on why the influenza vaccine was only modestly effective in recent years shows that immune…

Getting to a better flu vaccine

Researchers are working on new methods for developing vaccines, including utilizing different animal proteins or a genetically engineered live virus, and are also working to develop a universal flu vaccine.