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Will the flu vaccine work for you? Answer may be in your genes

Set of 9 genes that predicts flu response in adults under 35 could be first step to personalized vaccine

Aug. 31, 2017 | By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

A newly uncovered set of genes that predicts whether the flu shot will work or not could be the first step toward a personalized flu vaccine.

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What we can learn about global flu evolution from individual infections

Study of 10-year-old flu samples finds virus’s evolution in individual transplant patients partially mirrors later global trends

June 27, 2017 | By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

When it comes to the flu, a few infected people may speak for the multitude. Evolutionary biologists have found that evolution in individual infections has parallels to the virus's later global evolution.

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Fight the flu with Netflix?

Staying home and avoiding others can put a big dent in an epidemic, new TV-flu study finds

Jan. 22, 2015 | By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service

We've heard the advice: If you get sick with the flu, stay home to rest and prevent the spread. Now, a new study that looked at home television viewing during the 2009 H1N1 flu epidemic in Mexico shows just how much staying at home and avoiding contact with others can actually quell the spread of infectious diseases like the flu.

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Flu season will likely be more severe this year, CDC predicts

Strain has mutated, dimming the vaccine’s effectiveness – but it’s still worth it to get one, experts say

Dec. 5, 2014 | By Dr. Sabrina Richards / Fred Hutch News Service

This year’s flu season may be particularly grim due to an unexpected shift in influenza strains, predicts the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Why the flu hit hardest in middle-aged adults last year

Previous influenza infections in childhood may be the culprit, study finds

Oct. 20, 2014 | By Dr. Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

Last year’s flu season was particularly brutal, and a surprising population was hit the hardest: young and middle-aged adults. New research suggests that an immune response unique to this age group may be to blame for last year’s flu toll and points to possible improvements to the annual vaccine.

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Flu shot strategy sends health worker rates soaring at SCCA

Participation climbs to 97 percent, protects vulnerable patients, Fred Hutch infection expert says

Sept. 23, 2014 | By JoNel Aleccia / Fred Hutch News Service

Flu vaccination rates have been above 80 percent for years at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, far higher than the 75.2 percent rate for health care workers across the nation, according to latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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