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Jan 26, 2018

On today's show, we talk about the history of influenza and the flu vaccine. We discuss herd immunity, why some years the flu shot is less effective than other years even when choosing the right strains to include in the vaccine, and the potential for a universal vaccine.

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Written and Hosted by Chris Egan

Music by The Salesman

 

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Intro Sources:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/18/health/flu-season-facts.html

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/viruses/types.htm

http://www.influenzavirusnet.com/history-of-influenza.html

https://www.etymonline.com/word/influenza

A History of Epidemics in Britain: Volume 2

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avian_influenza

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloodletting

 

Main Show Sources:

https://www.popsci.com/you-should-get-flu-shot#page-3

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2008/02/fix_the_flu_shot.html

https://www.vox.com/2018/1/12/16882622/flu-season-epidemic-prevention-vaccine

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/scientists-move-closer-to-a-universal-flu-vaccine/

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/26/scientists-are-now-rushing-to-develop-a-universal-flu-vaccine.html

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/cell-based.htm

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/index.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herd_immunity

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/viruses/change.htm

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/22/6/15-1080_article