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How often should you get a flu shot? - Melvin Sanicas


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All year long, researchers at hospitals around the world collect samples from flu patients and send them to top virology experts with one goal: to design the vaccine for the next flu season. But why do we need a new one every year? Vaccines for diseases like mumps and rubella offer a lifetime of protection with two shots early in life; what’s so special about the flu? Melvin Sanicas explains.

The flu vaccine includes substances found on the surface of the virus. The body identifies those fragments as foreign, and responds by producing compounds called _______.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Melvin Sanicas
  • Director Andrew Foerster
  • Script Editor Eleanor Nelsen
  • Composer Devin Polaski
  • Animator Andrew Foerster
  • Editor Andrew Foerster
  • Storyboard Artist Andrew Foerster
  • Illustrator Andrew Foerster
  • Senior Animator Andrew Foerster
  • Character Designer Andrew Foerster
  • Sound Designer Devin Polaski
  • Associate Producer Jessica Ruby
  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Fact-Checker Francisco Diez

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