Fight the flu: U.S. Sen. Ed Markey convened a press conference Feb. 2 at the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation to discuss the influenza virus that is filling emergency rooms across the country, and to introduce a bill to fund research for a universal flu vaccine. Markey’s Flu Vaccine Bill seeks $1 billion in federal funds throughout five years to the National Institutes for Health in hopes of developing a vaccine that is more effective in fighting the yearly threat. David Hooper, MD, chief of MGH Infection Control Unit, and O’Neil Britton, MD, MGH chief medical officer, joined Markey to discuss the effects the flu has had on hospital operations and resources for the media.

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