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...
As the cold and flu season kicks into high gear, so too do concerns about getting sick, especially for diabetics, and those with a compromised immune system. Diabetics with flu or other communal infections (such as bacterial menengitis ) face an increased risk of severe infections and complications. Since I work at a public institution which educates tens of thousands of students, flu vaccines are mandatory. But as a diabetic for over 20 years, getting vaccinated is an easy choice no matter what. It's a no-brainer, for me anyway. Despite the fact that the influence diabetes has on the function of natural immunity has long been studied, different schools of thought exist when it comes to vaccinations. It's best to talk to your doctor or health practitioner about what course of action may be right for you. Personally, every endo and doctor I've ever had (and I've had mostly excellent ones!) has been pro-vaccination for me, in large part because of my Type 1 diabetes.
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Flu and exercise; Colds and exercise
Can exercise help you avoid colds and flus?
Exercise helps the disease-fighting white blood cells in the body move from the organs into the bloodstream.
Overall, you can improve your immune system by eating a proper diet, getting enough rest, reducing stress, and exercising regularly. This will decrease your chances of getting a cold or the flu.
Even if studies find that exercise doesn't prevent colds or the flu, exercise is good for overall health.
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