Julia Lardin                                                                                                                         January 24, 2017Current Events AssignmentThe article, Century after pandemic, science takes its best shot at flu, by Lauren Neergaard, is highly relevant today, given our situation with the flu at the current time.  People need protection from the flu so that we do not have another pandemic like the one in 1918.  Every year, scientists make a vaccine to fight against whatever they think the strongest strain of the flu will be.  But this doesn’t always work.  On good years, the vaccines will be up to 60% effective against the flu.  Scientist are trying to create a vaccine that will protect people from the flu for 5 to 10 years, and eventually come up with an immunization that will protect individuals from the flu forever.  But, this could be difficult because the flu strains are always mutating, making it so that when a completely new strain appears, it could take at least a month to make a vaccine for it.  Now, “for lack of a better option, the nation is “chasing” animal flu strains that might become the next human threat.”   I chose this article because I am interested in pandemics and “plagues”, and I am also concerned about this year’s flu strain and the fact that the flu shot is not extremely effective.  This news related to science because it is health/biology and this can possibly be a life or death situation. This news is beneficial to people because this applies to everyone in the world; the flu is everywhere, and this year it is worse than usual.  Everyone needs to be vigilant against the flu.  It is important that someone is studying this topic because we need to find a better vaccine against the flu because at least 30 children in the U.S. have died this year from the flu.https://newsela.com/read/the-flu-100-years-after-pandemic/id/39639/