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Why the Flu Is So Relentless, and How Technology Might Help


Every year, starting in September, public health officials in the U.S. start prodding you to get this year’s flu shot. But even if you do get one, it is not a guarantee against getting sick.

Why is the common illness so difficult to prevent, and what technologies might change this yearly struggle?
Seasonal flu is caused by influenza viruses, which can mutate as they spread from person to person, meaning every year brings a new strain of virus. Any antibodies your body produced after getting sick or in response to a flu shot may not work a year later.

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