The flu is really pissed off this year, and wants to take it out on your lungs. And there isn't a whole lot you can do about it. The annual vaccine, which normally is about 60 percent effective, is a disturbingly low 23 percent this year, according to a new CDC report.
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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
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-
Ebola has come to New York City and Americans continue to worry about the possibility of an Ebola epidemic in the United States, apparently even going so far as to buy sham Ebola cures online. However, two New York Times articles argue that the possibility of an Ebola epidemic in the US is still highly unlikely.
The last time we discussed enterovirus about a month ago, it was confined to the Midwest. Now, federal official have confirmed 538 cases in 43 states, although this number is likely a gross underestimate, since most such
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.
Influenza (the flu) is a systemic viral infection which usually wreaks most of its havoc upon the respiratory system. While most cases are not life-threatening (although it can be very uncomfortable and cost a week s work or loss of school),
The antiviral drugs Tamiflu and Relenza are often used for the treatment of the flu in children and adults. Although past research has suggested that these drugs could reduce hospital admissions and
We ve said it many times in the past, and we ll say it again vaccines are a true public health miracle, banishing diseases from diphtheria to polio, which have killed hundreds of thousands in global epidemics.
A recent report in the journal The Lancet Respiratory Medicine provides some surprising information about who might spread influenza.
A new high-dose vaccine against the flu shows evidence of significantly enhanced efficacy for older people. If the CDC vaccine committee agrees, it will become part of the routine program for seniors, and many lives may be saved.