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Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year. Every year in the United States, on average 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu; more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, and; about 36,000 people die from flu-related causes. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.
Innovative system allows complete study of SARS-CoV-2 mutant spectrum by ultrasequencing

Innovative system allows complete study of SARS-CoV-2 mutant spectrum by ultrasequencing

Study suggests the need to characterize patient-specific responses to respiratory syncytial virus

Study suggests the need to characterize patient-specific responses to respiratory syncytial virus

Scientists identify the sensor in human lungs that detects SARS-CoV-2

Scientists identify the sensor in human lungs that detects SARS-CoV-2

Researchers determine atomic structure of coronavirus protein linked to disease severity

Researchers determine atomic structure of coronavirus protein linked to disease severity

New discovery helps explain how COVID-19 suppresses the body’s immune response

New discovery helps explain how COVID-19 suppresses the body’s immune response

Study reveals lower transfer of protective SARS-CoV-2 antibodies via the placenta

Study reveals lower transfer of protective SARS-CoV-2 antibodies via the placenta

TGen identifies genetic target that could help explain the variation in COVID-19 effects

TGen identifies genetic target that could help explain the variation in COVID-19 effects

Study may lead to new approaches to protect older individuals from viruses

Study may lead to new approaches to protect older individuals from viruses

Study provides new insight on how lung bacteria protect against invading pathogens

Study provides new insight on how lung bacteria protect against invading pathogens

Researchers determine role of NLRP1 protein in detecting the common cold virus

Researchers determine role of NLRP1 protein in detecting the common cold virus

Air quality could influence the virulence and spread of COVID-19

Air quality could influence the virulence and spread of COVID-19

Gaining new insights into bacterial pneumonia

Gaining new insights into bacterial pneumonia

MIT chemists determine molecular structure of SARS-CoV-2 protein

MIT chemists determine molecular structure of SARS-CoV-2 protein

Individuals infected with mild-to-moderate COVID 19 mount a robust antibody response

Individuals infected with mild-to-moderate COVID 19 mount a robust antibody response

Scientists develop human airway stem cells to accelerate research on COVID-19, influenza

Scientists develop human airway stem cells to accelerate research on COVID-19, influenza

Researchers identify new potential therapeutic targets for SARS-CoV-2 infection

Researchers identify new potential therapeutic targets for SARS-CoV-2 infection

Research on broadly neutralizing antibodies may lead to universal flu vaccine

Research on broadly neutralizing antibodies may lead to universal flu vaccine

Scientists develop lab-grown lung model to study SARS-CoV-2 infection

Scientists develop lab-grown lung model to study SARS-CoV-2 infection

Dietary supplement can support immune system to combat SARS-CoV-2 infections

Dietary supplement can support immune system to combat SARS-CoV-2 infections

Chemist receives NIH grant to provide new framework for novel flu vaccines

Chemist receives NIH grant to provide new framework for novel flu vaccines