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.
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.
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.