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Have a question or comment? Click here. Are there things you want to know about the flu and the flu vaccine? If so, you're going to love this article. I recently had the opportunity to speak one on one with Dr. Carolyn Bridges, the Associate Director for Science in the Influenza Division of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) . This CDC unit is responsible for a number of tasks, including: Year-round influenza surveillance throughout the world Coordinating with state and local health departments Global decision-making with the World Health Organization (WHO) on flu vaccine content twice a year Influenza risk assessments Studies of the flu disease burden Antiviral resistance research and monitoring Improving community and public awareness of the flu and flu prevention As you can see, the Influenza Division has their hands full. They also maintain a comprehensive mini site about the flu and flu vaccine: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm You'll find answers to most of your...
There is plenty of flu vaccine available for protecting the populace against flu syndrome this year. Many clinics and pharmacies around the U.S. began giving flu shots several weeks ago. Have you had yours?
Recommendations by health officials on who should get the flu shot have broadened over the last several years. Currently, anyone over 6 months should get the flu vaccine if they are not severely egg allergic or allergic to the flu vaccine by history. People over 65 years of age, young children, or those older than 6 months with a history of asthma, other chronic respiratory problems, chronic heart, liver, kidney disease, diabetes or immune deficiencies or who are pregnant are highly recommended to get annual flu vaccination.
Here are five of the most common reasons my patients have avoided getting the flu vaccine:
1) "I'm afraid of getting the flu from the flu shot"
2) "My friend got sick after getting a flu shot"
3) "My child may become autistic from the preservative in the flu v...
Flu shots are recommended for anyone who wants to avoid getting sick with the flu this winter. But for people who have asthma (or parents of children with asthma), getting a flu shot is an essential step to staying healthy. Certain groups are considered "high risk" when it comes to the flu. Some of these are healthcare workers who are in a position to transmit the flu to already sick people. Others are the elderly, whose health may be somewhat fragile to begin with. But, possibly one of the largest groups in the US (considering 16 million of us have it!) that should have a flu shot every year are asthmatics. You see, asthma is a respiratory condition that stresses your airways and respiratory health, due to inflammatory changes. The flu is also a respiratory illness, so combining them can make you sick and in some cases, may even be life-threatening. If you are a parent of a child who has asthma, it is imperative that both of you get flu shots. Your...
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