What's in this vial changes from year to year, but the process of creating the flu vaccine remains pretty constant.

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A Haitian protester in Port-au-Prince last month spray-paints a wall, equating the UN mission in Haiti (abbreviated here as MINISTA) with cholera.

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Paul Keim at work in his lab on the Northern Arizona University campus.

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Victims of the plague are consigned to a communal burial during the Plague of London in 1665.

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Decoded DNA Reveals Details Of Black Death Germ

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A nurse vaccinates a child against pneumonia at a healthcare center in Managua in January. Nicaragua received pneumococcal vaccines from the GAVI Alliance. ELMER MARTINEZ/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A man readies a cow for the International Highland Cattle Show in Glasgow, Scotland. Researchers say genetics and the amount of time animals and humans spend together can affect how viruses spread between species. Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images hide caption

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Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Ellis Cheever and Kate Winslet as Dr. Erin Mears in the thriller Contagion. Winslet's character was modeled on CDC epidemiologist Dr. Anne Schuchat. Claudette Barius/Warner Bro. Pictures hide caption

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