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Why isn't there a universal flu vaccine?

Health workers are facing a huge challenge trying to contain this season's flu outbreak. It's the most widespread in recent years, with at least 37 child deaths reported so far. With this year's flu vaccine likely to be only about 30 percent effective, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, why isn't there a universal vaccine that can help protect us from the flu?

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Do You Have The Flu Or Just A Cold? Here’s How To Tell

The flu isn’t playing around. Experts say it’s been particularly severe, with more than 60,000 Americans testing positive for influenza since Oct. 1 (and that number will keep rising). Why is this flu season so rough compared with some others? It all comes down to the type of flu that’s spreading, according to Margarita Rohr, a clinical instructor of medicine at New York University’s Langone Health.

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