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Flu season starting late but expected to increase for the holidays

The current flu season has started later and more gradually than last year although cases are expected to begin increasing in November before falling off in March.

Polio patients, iron lung respirators, and…hey, is that Pat Boone??!!

Polio was a terrifying disease, once filling wards at VUMC with paralyzed patients in iron lungs. Vaccines have saved us from all that.

Emerging Infections Program lands national award for COVID response

Vanderbilt’s Emerging Infections Program (EIP) recently received the Toby Merlin Award for Excellence in Emergency Response, presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

Video: How to safely gather at the holidays — advice from Vanderbilt experts

Are there safe ways to see our family and friends during this COVID holiday season? Some advice on how to celebrate with care.

Home with a cold or the flu? It’s OK to snuggle with your pet, infectious disease doctor says.

Dogs and cats can’t catch or spread human disease and “are a comfort, not a hazard”

Mascots get flu shots in VUMC “anti-viral” video

Even canines, chickens and sabre-tooth tigers need protection

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