Curiosity 3: The influenza vaccine

January 17, 2019

Many of us have experienced the flu: fever, cough, lethargy, fatigue, vomiting, so on. Likely, less of us have experienced getting the flu shot each year. Whether it be white coat syndrome and a fear of needles, disbelief in vaccinations, or whatever else, only roughly 40% of adults in the United States get the flu shot each year (according to the CDC). In today’s episode, we will discuss influenza and some subtleties of the flu vaccine. What is the flu? What is the vaccine and who designs it? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

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