We were somewhat surprised to see today s recommendation by the CDC, which urged doctors to treat flu more aggressively. If only it were that simple. This advisory is a result of a bad flu season, coupled with a poor match of this year s vaccine with circulating influenza strains. The match is so poor that the CDC estimates that only about one-third of predominant strains are covered far worse than last year s vaccine, which was criticized for covering roughly 60 percent of strains.
Today, children across the country are returning to school from their winter breaks, and in New York City, those children in all city regulated preschools and child care centers who are between the ages of 6 months and
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Starting December 31st , children in all city regulated preschools and child care centers who are between the ages of 6 months and 5 years will be required to get the flu vaccine. The children must receive at least one dose of the influenza vaccine between July 1st and December 31st, and
Every year, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases develops a new flu vaccine protecting against several different strains of the flu virus based on predictions made early in the year. The vaccine is usually about 60 percent effective, although effectiveness varies from year to year. According
The flu can be deadly for seniors. It sends over 200,000 older adults to the hospital each year, and results in thousands of deaths. Well, now we have some numbers regarding how much more effective the Fluzone High-
Flu season is considered to begin in October and last until as late as May. However, the peak of flu season does not usually occur until January or February. According to the United States influenza surveillance system, a
Fall is here as of this past Monday, and flu season is not too far away. The CDC recommends flu shots for everyone over 6 months of age, and doctors are especially pushing flu shots for seniors.
Flu season is here, and once again the question arises as to whether or not flu vaccinations should be mandatory for health care workers. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends that all healthcare workers get the vaccination in order to protect both themselves and the patients with whom they
School is back in session for children across the country and with the beginning of the school year comes a respiratory illness that has affected children in ten states and sent hundreds to the hospital. The most likely
Dr. Gilbert Ross in the New York Post, August 13, 2014. As we near the start of flu season, beware: Many of the city s top hospitals pose a serious hazard to your
It should come as no surprise to any of our readers that ACSH is unabashedly in favor of vaccinations, and appalled by groups and individuals that promote completely baseless and dangerous fears of vaccines. It is not a question of whether this paranoid mentality has cost lives, rather, how many children have died as a result of this ignorant, fearful mindset.