The mission of the Seattle Flu Study is to find new and better ways to detect, prevent, and respond to respiratory illnesses. Led by the Brotman Baty Institute for Precision Medicine, we bring together leading researchers to understand disease outbreaks, evaluate interventions, and inform the public health response.

The Seattle Flu Study has been at the forefront of infectious disease research in the greater Seattle area since 2017. In early 2020, we were among the first to discover and identify COVID-19 in the Seattle area. In fact, our discovery of this community-based transmission was one of the first in the United States. Now, in our third year of research, we’re studying the flu, COVID-19, and other respiratory illnesses. By learning more about how viruses are transmitted, we can detect them earlier and slow their spread across the Seattle area.

During the 2020-2021 flu season, our goals include reaching more people in at-risk populations and making it easier to provide samples without leaving home. We are also studying how pathogens are being transmitted in specific locations and settings.

As ever, our work depends on you. Please apply to be part of one of these ongoing studies.