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We need to take flu outbreaks far more seriously

Overflow flu patients are placed in a tent outside a hospital in California

FLU COMPLACENCY IS KILLING US. The usual response to the annual flu is not enough to combat the risks we currently face, let alone prepare us for an even deadlier pandemic flu that most experts agree will come in the future. Yes, we have an annual vaccine, and everyone eligible should get it without question. The reality, however, is that we largely remain stuck at

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