President Trump is taking aggressive steps to prevent Americans from contracting the flu. The commander-in-chief signed an executive order on Thursday to ramp up research on ways to terminate multiple influenza strains.
The pressure to clamp down on the deadly viruses intensified in recent weeks after White House officials said a serious flu pandemic could cost the country up $3.8 billion as well as threaten the lives of thousands of Americans. Officials said the price tag estimate stems from a loss of productivity from workers who get sick or die.
While there are flu vaccines, sometimes surprise strains spur unexpectedly such as the swine flu back in 2009.
“Every year we make new vaccines, and even while we’re giving those vaccines the flu virus is mutating. So, at the beginning of the flu season the vaccine may work very well, by the end of the flu season, it may not work very well.”
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