Flu Season Hits Families Hard This Year

Dr. Mark Schleiss, Department of Pediatrics, calls the spread of influenza "explosive" across the Twin Cities, pointing to a mismatch between the circulating influenza strain and the vaccine. 

Dr. Schleiss said influenza is a very challenging virus because it mutates so rapidly but he said a priority among researchers is developing a better flu vaccine. Influenza causes an estimated 40,000 deaths in the US every year, hitting children and elderly people the hardest.

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