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I-Team: Getting the Flu -- The Fight Against a Deadly Virus

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    How NY Hospital Fights the Flu

    A look at how a New York hospital treats flu patients. Pei-Sze Cheng reports.

    (Published Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019)

    Tune in at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to watch the I-Team's entire three-part series, "Getting the Flu."

    Influenza might be a household name, but doctors say it is still one of the deadliest viruses out there.

    The flu lands tens of thousands of people in hospital each year in the United States, and kills just as many worldwide. Despite this, vaccination rates are abysmal.

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    (Published Monday, Feb. 25, 2019)

    The CDC estimates only four in 10 people get the yearly flu shot. Even then, it’s a vaccine that only works about half of the time, while flu tests are also unreliable and flu drugs can only be taken in a short window.

    How the Flu Shot is Made

    The flu virus manufacturing process for next year's flu season is happening now.

    Credit: Nelson Hsu, Kelly Zeggers/NBC

    In a new three-part series, NBC New York's I-Team takes a look inside what makes this virus such a killer.

    Why is the vaccine so ineffective, and how does this common virus become lethal? We spoke with emergency room doctors, the National Institutes of Health, grieving mothers who buried their children from the flu and even vaccine makers in an effort to "get" the flu.

    We also did a newsroom "taste-test" of four home flu remedies from around the world. Here's what we found. 

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