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Make This Year's Flu a Cure for Complacency

Too little is being done to confront a grave threat.
This flu is a doozie.

This flu is a doozie.

Photographer: Media for Medical/UIG via Getty Images

This year's flu epidemic arrived early, spread widely, and brought extraordinary suffering expected to continue for months. The question is whether it will be enough to jolt the medical world and its funders from their complacency about influenza's persistent power.

Much more investment is needed to get hospitals better prepared for future outbreaks, and to improve seasonal flu shots and treatments. Also lacking is a lasting, universal vaccine.