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‘Flu’

Pneumonia Vaccine Advisory

Published November - 20 - 2014

FluShot2The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its adult pneumonia vaccination recommendations – a change that affects people over the age of 19 who have asthma or are smokers as well as everyone over the age of 65.

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Enterovirus-68: What Parents Need to Know

Published October - 30 - 2014

SickChildBy now you’ve heard about enterovirus-68 (EV-68), the respiratory virus first discovered in California in 1962 that has not posed a health concern in the United States until this year.

As of Oct. 30, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 1,105 cases of EV-68 in 47 states and the District of Columbia. Read the rest of this entry »

Flu Protection For Adults

Published September - 30 - 2014

fluVacc Public health officials say that the people hit hardest by flu last year were adults aged 18 to 64 – with that group’s highest flu-related hospitalization rate since 2009.

Since those are also the ones least likely to get vaccinated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is spreading the word about benefits and easy access. Read the rest of this entry »

Protected From the Flu – But For How Long?

Published February - 20 - 2014

flu1Flu season is at its peak in February, and it’s expected to last well into the spring months. This season has been particularly bad – according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), flu deaths have risen dramatically since mid-January, especially among young and middle-aged adults and children.

The most common virus this year is H1N1, responsible for the global pandemic in 2009.

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It’s Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot

Published January - 16 - 2013

There is still time to protect your children and yourself from the flu in what remains of a severe influenza season.

“Everyone seems to know that the elderly are particularly vulnerable, but so too are children,” says William Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D., a pediatrician at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). “Severe complications are most common in children under age 2, and all children ages 6 months and older should be immunized.”

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Antivirals, Seasonal Flu and You

Published February - 5 - 2009

flu1Have you ever asked your doctor for antibiotics to treat a bad cold, only to be told that you’d just have to wait it out? Read the rest of this entry »