“You can easily contaminate a whole room when you sneeze,” says Elodie Ghedin. (Credit: iStockphoto)
“It can be awfully tough to sort out fact from rumor about the flu. Elodie Ghedin of NYU’s Center for Genomics and Systems Biology and the College of Global Public Health is an expert on the flu.
“She recently coauthored a paper in Nature Genetics about how minor flu strains—those not usually targeted by vaccines—may play a bigger role in flu transmission than previously thought.
“She explains how the flu works, its wacky history, and why the flu shot is so important.