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noun as in plague

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It quickly published results of an early human test of a new mRNA influenza vaccine and would initiate a large series of clinical studies involving diseases including Zika.

The phenomenon is not only in the United States — worldwide, rates of influenza are nearly off-the-charts low.

In that month alone, influenza claimed the lives of nearly 200,000 Americans, roughly quadrupling the country’s combat deaths for the entire war period.

Vaccinations for influenza, pertussis and polio, for example, can stop people from getting severely ill if infected, but those people could still be contagious.

Coronaviruses, which generally show less seasonal variation than the influenza virus, tend to have a weak response to changing temperatures.

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With enough changing of the influenza RNA over time, the vaccine no longer provokes the “right” immune response.

Though this too is debatable given that 25,000 to 40,000 people a year die of influenza—the vast majority of them unvaccinated.

And right now in the US, there is an FDA-approved inhaled vaccine to prevent influenza called FluMist.

Unlike influenza, it is incapable of traveling through tiny microscopic particles.

These new cases, both real and merely suspected, are coming right as we approach the cusp of influenza season.

The next day, as it happened, I had to go to bed with influenza, and wrote him that I might not get out for a week.

For example, a dreadful influenza epidemic occurred followed by a severe fuel shortage due to a railroad strike.

I am still alive, and in spite of the influenza perfectly well.

After the other seven were almost wholly recovered Henry lay down to influenza on his own account.

Influenza, called popularly the grippe, is caused by the bacillus influenzae, which was isolated by Pfeiffer in 1891.


On this page you'll find 19 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to influenza, such as: contagion, curse, epidemic, infection, infestation, and invasion.

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