Do You Really Need A Flu Shot Every Year?


Check out the article that inspired this episode: http://cen.acs.org/articles/93/i34/To…

Flu season is approaching, which means flu shot season is already here. But why do we need to get a flu shot every year, and why don’t they always work? In this Speaking of Chemistry, Sophia answers those questions and talks about the development of a universal flu shot that would work even better.

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For more info, check out these sick references:

A Stable Influenza Hemagglutinin Stem as a Broadly Protective Immunogen | Science Magazine

Hemagglutinin-stem nanoparticles generate influenza protection| Nature Medicine

Types of Influenza Viruses | Centers for Disease Control

Scientists Take Huge Step Toward Universal Flu Vaccine | Huffington Post

And special thanks to Dr. Jeff Teigler for the bouncer analogy.

Speaking of Chemistry is a production of Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly magazine of the American Chemical Society.

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