WHY FLU VACCINES ARE LESS EFFECTIVE CERTAIN YEARS

According to the CDC, vaccine effectiveness during the 2015-2016 flu season was 47%, but for the 2014-2015 season, effectiveness was just 19%.  Variances in effectiveness from year to year can be caused by a variety of factors. As detailed in prior blog entries, each year before the flu season begins, a vaccine is made based… Read more »

HOW OFFICIALS MAKE PREDICTIONS FOR THE FLU SEASON

Ever wonder how officials make predictions on an upcoming flu season or how particular flu vaccines are chosen?  There are ongoing surveillance sites around the world collecting samples from people who have the flu.   This information is then submitted to a central panel organized by the WHO (World Health Organization).  Then the WHO, based on… Read more »

DOES THE FUTURE OF VACCINES INVOLVE SELF-ADMINISTRATION?

Below is a link to an article detailing some interesting initial results from an experimental influenza vaccination that has the potential to be self-administered.  Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University have been working on a potentially viable alternative to the traditional intramuscular injection method for vaccine administration.  This alternative involves a… Read more »

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