Science, pseudoscience, & media literacy

Why You Should Get the Flu Vaccine in 2020

The flu vaccine might seem insignificant with the COVID-19 pandemic raging on, but it's actually more important now then ever. Does the flu vaccine offer protection against COVID? No. Vaccines are very specific. Flu vaccines are made to trigger an antibody response in the body to particular surface proteins on the influenza virus capsule. The… Continue reading Why You Should Get the Flu Vaccine in 2020

Spanish influenza epidemic poster from 1918
Health & health care

Spanish Influenza: The Last Big Pandemic

Alberta Board of Health/Public Domain It was 102 years ago that the last major global pandemic happened, known as Spanish influenza, and in many ways, COVID-19 pales in comparison. The Spanish influenza pandemic that began in 1918 didn't actually originate in Spain; that's just where it was first publicly reported.  Its origins are unclear, although… Continue reading Spanish Influenza: The Last Big Pandemic

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Science, pseudoscience, & media literacy

Will the Influenza Vaccine Make You Sick?

I'm trotting out a reworked version of a post I did last fall because flu session is coming, and it's time to decide whether or not to get the influenza vaccine. There are a lot of myths floating around the influenza vaccine, and it's always better to make choices related to your health that are… Continue reading Will the Influenza Vaccine Make You Sick?

influenza virus diagram
Science, pseudoscience, & media literacy

Can the Flu Vaccine Give You the Flu?

Virology Blog It's flu vaccine time of the year again.  Whether you choose to get the vaccine or not, is that choice based on accurate scientific information?  While there may not be one decision that's right for everyone, it's safe to say that making a choice based on myths is a mistake. How do vaccines… Continue reading Can the Flu Vaccine Give You the Flu?