On Saturday morning, I lastly rolled up my sleeve for the vaccine I’d been ready for all summer time: my annual flu shot, a technological marvel that I decide to obtain each fall.
Throughout non-pandemic instances, the flu vaccine is a sizzling autumn commodity that holds a coveted place within the public-health highlight. As of late, although, the shot’s been eclipsed by the prominence of its COVID-blocking cousins, fueled by debates over boosters and mandates. It’s additionally been some time since we’ve needed to tussle with the flu instantly. Due to the infection-prevention measures the world took to battle SARS-CoV-2 when the pandemic started, many different respiratory viruses vanished. Final winter, we basically had “no flu season in any respect,” Florian Krammer, a virologist at Mount Sinai’s Icahn College of Medication, informed me. The human consideration span is brief; the flu’s temporary sabbatical might need purged it from our minds