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Not same disease

It was wonderful to see the Bloomberg news story “Scientists close in on vaccine for stomach flu” (June 30 and TribLIVE.com) on progress toward a norovirus vaccine, which would have major benefits, especially for the elderly who are at risk.

But the headline incorrectly identified the vaccine as preventing “stomach flu.”

“Stomach flu” does not exist. Flu is caused by the influenza virus and is a completely different disease. There is a vaccine to prevent influenza, which almost everyone should get.

Charles J. Vukotich Jr.

The writer studies influenza in schoolchildren as senior project manager for the Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health.

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