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...
As can be expected every autumn, the flu is here again. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , influenza activity in the United States is continuing to increase; current surveillance data indicates that the influenza season is getting started early. For better or for worse, the data doesn’t yet provide any information that will be able to judge how severe this year’s flu season will be. This past week, eight states reported widespread influenza activity (Alabama, Alaska, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and South Carolina), and four states (Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas) reported high flu-like illness levels. These numbers will increase over the coming weeks, so be prepared for the flu.
And for people with diabetes, the flu can be deadly. The CDC states that people with diabetes are three times more likely to die from flu complications than people without diabetes, and that death rates from pneumo...
Each year as flu season approaches, fibromyalgia and myalgic encephalopathy/chronic fatigue syndrome patients ask me if they should get a flu shot. Since no research has been done on the subject, there is no clear-cut answer to that question. While most conventional doctors recommend flu vaccinations across the board, many FM and ME/CFS specialists advise their patients against getting the shot. Because of reports of severe relapses following immunization, Charles Lapp, MD, Director of the Hunter-Hopkins Center in Charlotte, NC, generally does not recommend flu shots for his fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome patients. There are, however, two exceptions: Patients who have taken flu vaccinations in the past and tolerated them well. Patients who have a serious chronic illness (such as emphysema, diabetes or heart disease ) in addition to FM or ME/CFS. Charles Shepherd, MD, a U.K. doctor who is a member of the Chief Medical Officer’s ...
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