Young African American woman getting vaccinated by a nurse

How the Influenza Vaccine Works

September 26, 2021

Every year, hundreds fall victim to the influenza virus, leading to hospitalizations and even death. There are antiviral drugs, and scientists and the WHO have made advances in the vaccination programs, the . […]

Blood sample positive with influenza virus

How the Influenza Virus Causes Disease

September 26, 2021

Through a complicated process, the Influenza virus infiltrates the cell and starts to take control of the machinery inside it, and controls the protein-making processes. […]

An influenza ward in an army camp hospital.

More People Died of the Spanish Flu Than in WWII

September 26, 2021

Of all the health disasters over time, the Spanish flu ranks near the top of the list. It was one of the worst pandemics in history. Between 5 and 10 percent of the 500 million people who were infected died. […]

A rendering of 3D model of methane molecule

What Are Hydrocarbon Compounds?

September 19, 2021

The chemistry of carbon is diverse because of two factors. First, every carbon atom needs four additional electrons. And, second, it can satisfy the need for these four electrons by bonding not only to hydrogen but also to itself. […]

Image of child's hand with an adult hand, both having smallpox symptoms

The Battle to Conquer Smallpox

September 17, 2021

Although smallpox has been nearly eradicated throughout the world, the U.S. has a supply of smallpox vaccines ready in case of a bioterrorist attack. […]

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