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We Need a Universal Flu Vaccine before the Next Pandemic Strikes

Scientific American ------------ This year the world will mark the 100th anniversary of one of the most devastating infectious disease events in recorded history: the 1918 influenza pandemic, which caused an estimated 50 million to 100 million deaths worldwide. There were several reasons for the awful toll. First, most people likely had no preexisting immune protection to the brand-new strain that had emerged. Second, this particular virus may have been unusually lethal. Third, crowding and poor sanitation allowed for rampant disease transmission, especially in regions where access to health care was limited. And finally, antiviral drugs and flu vaccines were still decades in the future. To learn more click on the picture below to read the article.

We Need a Universal Flu Vaccine before the Next Pandemic Strikes - Read More from Scientific American

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