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894326_54591782An updated report from the CDC said that as of February 28th, influenza activity continued to decrease, but remained at elevated across the United States. Their latest report showed that flu activity has been at elevated levels for 15 consecutive weeks. The average length of a flu season is 13 weeks. This year s relatively long flu season is largely due to its early start, and also because the season s flu vaccine is having a bad year.

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The numbers of the sick, and the dead, pile up: the CDC says this is the worst flu season in recent years, although a significant part of that designation derives from the woeful success rate of this year s vaccine, around 23 percent effective.

Some of the disturbing stats: About 198 out of every 100,000 people 65 and older have been hospitalized with flu-related illness this...

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Screen Shot 2015-01-30 at 1.27.28 PMThere have been some remarkable advances in medicine over the past two decades. HIV infection is no longer a death sentence. Hepatitis C is now readily curable. There is now a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer one of only two cancer vaccines in existence. Targeted approaches to cancer, as well as the use of genetic information for personalizing therapies for individual patients have the potential to completely change the way that cancer and maybe other diseases are treated.

But, science is unpredictable. There are still diseases that simply won t yield,...

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455195407Starting 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 proof of immunization must be submitted to their school or child care center.

The New York City Health Department stated this new requirement was in response to the increased risk for children in group settings to catch or spread the flu. The flu is highly contagious, and young children are at especially high risk of developing flu-...

The latest in health news: Good news for premature births in the U.S., a fracking ban in the birthplace of fracking, and another reminder to get your flu shot!

Flu in a hospitalized childThe 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-Dose influenza vaccine is compared to the standard vaccine.

Although the FDA approved the high-dose version four years ago when studies showed that it boosted the immune response needed to fight the flu in those who received the...

Ebola_Virus_TEM_PHIL_1832_loresEbola 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.

In his column How to Defeat Ebola, The New York...