The flu shot: all about the what, why, and when

By Dorottya Harangi, Health, Medicine & Veterinary Sciences co-editor If you live in Canada, you know that every flu season you are bombarded with messages about getting your flu shot. Experts advise people to get their flu shot as soon as it becomes available, as it takes 2 weeks for the vaccine to take effect. […]

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Beyond the vaccine: Tackling the flu with ultraviolet light

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Sri Ray-Chauduri, Technology & Engineering editor By all accounts, this has been a tough flu season. According to FluWatch, a surveillance system that monitors flu and flu-like activity across Canada, there have been more than 46,000 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza so far this season, thousands of hospitalizations, and, unfortunately, hundreds of deaths. Although the flu […]

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It’s flu season: the data behind your flu vaccine

Guest post by Dr. Jennifer Gardy Senior Scientist, BC Centre for Disease Control; Assistant Professor, School of Population and Public Health, UBC The flu seems to come out of nowhere. One minute you’re feeling on top of the world, then within just a few short hours you feel feverish, achy, tired, and all-around miserable. It’s […]

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