Last modified on 13 July 2016, at 06:47

Drift

Drift is a process in which influenza virus undergoes mutation. The amount of change can be subtle or dramatic, but eventually as drift occurs, a new variant strain will become dominant. This process allows influenza viruses to change and re-infect people repeatedly through their lifetime and is the reason influenza virus strains in vaccine must be updated each year.

Sources

DOD Pandemic Influenza Watchboard