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...
What is the flu? It is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year. Every year in the United States, on average: 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu; more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, and; nearly 36,000 people die from flu each year. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. How is Influenza spread? Flu viruses spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing of people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose. Keep a hand sanitizer with you to kill the germs. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to five days after becoming ...
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