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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

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How Vaccines Work (and What That Means for COVID-19)

While COVID-19 is caused by a novel coronavirus, and there's still much to be learned about the virus and the illness, coming up with a vaccine doesn't mean totally reinventing the wheel.  How vaccines work is based on knowledge about how the immune system works, and the immune system doesn't abruptly change just because a… Continue reading How Vaccines Work (and What That Means for COVID-19)

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Science, pseudoscience, & media literacy

The Science Corner: Herd Immunity

With the anti-vax movement picking up more steam than it ever deserved to have, kids are being put at risk from serious preventable illness.  Unfortunately, the anti-vaxxers aren't just putting their own kids at risk, they're increasing the risk for other kids as well. Herd immunity refers to the extra protection that comes from vaccinating… Continue reading The Science Corner: Herd Immunity

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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?

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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?

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Vaccines & Autism: The Link That Doesn’t Exist

Chances are, you've heard the idea that vaccines can cause autism.  This notion is championed by various organizations and individuals; one of the most prominent is actress Jenny McCarthy, whose son was diagnosed with autism at age 2.  She has an autism-related organization called Generation Rescue, and on its website is a guide to vaccine safety.… Continue reading Vaccines & Autism: The Link That Doesn’t Exist