First Science Café of 2014!
Dr. Rollie Clem (KSU Biology) will discuss:
Influenza: Why it’s still nothing to sneeze at
Despite the fact that we have had a vaccine against influenza virus for many years, it continues to kill upwards of 20,000 Americans each year, with these deaths occurring mainly among the elderly and the very young. In addition, we face the ongoing threat of possible world-wide influenza pandemics, which have the potential to cause catastrophic loss of life and severe interruption of our social fabric. Rollie will discuss what makes influenza such a serious public health problem, controversial research that is attempting to gain a better understanding of what makes bird flu so potentially dangerous, and how new vaccine technologies that are being developed may someday provide better protection against the flu.