One-time, universal flu vaccine may be on horizon, Australian researchers say

We may never have to get more than one flu shot again.

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  • Scientists have discovered immune cells that can fight all different kinds of the flu virus.
  • Depending on a patient's immune system, one shot could cover someone for 10 years or potentially life.
  • This breakthrough could save thousands worldwide.
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Number of American parents not vaccinating infants has quadrupled

A measles comeback is not the sort of return our children deserve.

MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 04: An influenza vaccination is prepared for a patient at the CVS Pharmacy store's MinuteClinic on October 4, 2018 in Miami, Florida. CVS stores will provide flu vaccinations at their MinuteClinic as well as the pharmacy and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics between now and the end of October is the best time to get vaccinated as the flu season begins. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
  • The percentage of children under 2 years old who haven't received any vaccinations has quadrupled in the last 17 years.
  • In 2016 in Europe there were 5,273 cases of measles. One year later that jumped to 21,315 cases.
  • Discredited doctor Andrew Wakefield's false study linking vaccines and autism still influences parents, two decades later.
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Why experts are certain another influenza pandemic will occur

It's been 100 years since the world's last deadliest flu pandemic. Experts warn that another one is inevitable, but are we ready?

  • 100 years ago, the Spanish Flu killed over 50 million people.
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 80,000 Americans died of the flu last winter.
  • Experts stress that the world needs to take precautions and prepare for the next pandemic.
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