Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Get Your Influenza Questions Answered Today

Ever wonder how the influenza vaccine gets created every year if flu viruses keep evolving? Now’s your chance to ask the experts!

Between noon and 2 pm today, scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are hosting a flu vaccine “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) on Reddit. John Barnes, PhD, research microbiologist and team lead for the Influenza Genomics Team in the Influenza Division at CDC will answer questions about how the flu vaccine is created and advanced molecular detection (AMD) technology. AMD technology uses genomic sequencing (mapping the DNA of flu viruses) to create better-performing vaccines. Dr. Barnes and his team also will be taking questions about all things related to the flu and its vaccine, so head over there after noon to get all your nerdy science questions on influenza answered!

Also taking place at noon, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is hosting a Twitter chat using the hashtag #DSHSFluChat. Twitter users can ask questions about flu prevention, the flu vaccine, and what to do if you get sick; tag it with #DSHSFluChat, and DSHS will be there with an answer.

Join the online discussions, then go out and spread your knowledge (NOT the flu)!

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