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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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