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The Future of Fighting the Flu: My Feature in The Atlantic

A few weeks ago I went to my local drug story a got a flu vaccine. So far <knock on lab bench> I’ve had a pretty healthy flu season. But there’s a fair chance I may get the flu anyway this winter, because flu vaccine effectiveness is modest compared to vaccines for many other diseases. What’s more, I’ll need to head back next year to the store to get another shot. That’s because flu vaccines today are still based in some fundamental ways–in their production in chicken eggs and in the molecules they target on viruses–on World War II-era science.

I’ve written an article for the December issue of the Atlantic about how we got into this strange situation, and how scientists are trying to bring our fight against flu into the twenty-first century. Check it out.

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  1. Eugene Seymour, MD, MPH
    November 22, 2013

    Dear Carl,

    Why do you continue to ignore the obvious solution? That is an anti-viral drug that DESTROYS the virus without depending on the immune system. We have created that drug, tested it on thousands of animals and will be moving it into human trials next year. We’re right down the street from you in West Haven. Why don’t you stop by and take a look? The British government was interested enough has signed an NDA with us and are preparing the documents to begin the testing process. No matter how good a vaccine technology is, it’s dealing with a mutating virus along with a US population that’s very wary of taking a vaccine for the flu. Dr. Fauci thinks vaccine when he encounters a virus. There are other solutions!


    Eugene Seymour, MD, MPH

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