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Pediatricians Back Flu Shot, Not Nasal Spray Vaccine

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 7, 2018 – Parents should choose to have their children get the flu shot in the fall instead of the nasal spray flu vaccine, pediatricians say. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the shot, which is an inactivated flu vaccine, is the more effective option. The nasal spray should only be used as a last resort for kids who would otherwise go unvaccinated against ...

Humidity Won't Hamper Spread of Flu Virus

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 7, 2018 – Humidity doesn't hinder the ability of flu viruses to infect people, claims a new study that challenges a long-held belief that the viruses become less active in moist conditions. The researchers found that mucus and other airway secretions expelled during coughs or sneezes protect flu viruses when they're airborne, regardless of humidity levels. The findings have ...

Kids With Asthma Need a Flu Shot: Study

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 4, 2018 – An annual flu shot is key for children with asthma, a new study shows. "We now know that if these kids get the flu, the risks are very high that emergency treatment for an asthma attack will fail," said study co-author and pediatrician Dr. Francine Ducharme. "Instead of having an 18 percent risk of treatment failure, with flu their risk rises to 40 percent," said Ducharme, ...

Many, But Not All, Hospitals Require Flu Shots for Staffers

Posted 1 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 1, 2018 – With this year's terrible flu season a fresh memory, a new study finds that more U.S. hospitals are requiring staffers to get flu shots, but VA hospitals lag behind. In two surveys done four years apart, the number of Veterans Affairs hospitals mandating flu shots rose only slightly, from 1 percent in 2013 to 4 percent in 2017, researchers said. Conversely, the number of ...

Even a 'Bad' Flu Vaccine Could Save 61,000 Lives: Study

Posted 30 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 30, 2018 – A truly dismal flu vaccine could still save thousands of lives, as long as roughly 40 percent of Americans got their shots, new research suggests. At that coverage level, a vaccine that was only 20 percent effective would avert 21 million infections and almost 130,000 hospitalizations – and save 61,000 lives. Why? Computer modeling shows that the number of people who ...

End of Brutal Flu Season in Sight

Posted 24 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 23, 2018 – It's been a particularly tough flu season, but spring – and real relief – may be near, new numbers show. The flu season continues to wind down, with yet another drop seen in doctor visits and less severe strains of influenza becoming ever more dominant. But hospitalizations for the flu are still a problem, and there have been additional pediatric deaths, the latest ...

More Bad Flu News: It May Raise Your Heart Attack Risk

Posted 22 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 22, 2018 – Suffering a nasty bout of the flu or pneumonia is bad enough, but now research suggests it might also spell trouble for your heart. In a study of nearly 2,000 people in Scotland, those who had battled the flu or pneumonia were six times more likely to suffer from a heart attack or stroke in the days after their sickness began. But "for most young, healthy people, the ...

Flu Season Finally Slowing Down

Posted 16 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 16, 2018 – As winter nears its end so too does a tough flu season, with new data showing a decline in doctor visits and less severe strains of influenza beginning to dominate. But hospitalizations for the flu remained a problem, and there have been additional pediatric deaths. For the fifth week in a row, there was a decrease in the number of doctor visits for flu-like illness, the ...

Nasty Flu Season Easing Up

Posted 9 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 9, 2018 – A brutal flu season looks to be on the wane in the United States, with the latest government data showing that doctor visits are still dropping and less severe strains of the flu are starting to dominate. But hospitalizations for the flu are still rising, as are pediatric deaths. For the fourth week in a row, there was a decrease in the number of doctor visits for ...

Nasty Flu Season Shows More Signs of Slowing

Posted 3 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 – The brutal flu season continues to ease its grip on the United States, with the latest government data showing that doctor visits are still dropping and less severe strains of the flu are starting to account for more infections. But hospitalizations for flu are still rising, as are pediatric deaths. For the third week in a row, there was a decrease in the number of doctor ...

FDA Warns of Fraudulent and Unapproved Flu Products

Posted 3 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

March 2, 2018 – As part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s ongoing efforts to protect consumers from health fraud, the agency is reminding consumers to be wary of unapproved products claiming to prevent, treat or cure influenza, or flu. This year’s severe flu season raises new concerns about the potential for consumers to be lured into buying unproven flu treatments, and even worse, buy ...

Health Tip: When to Seek Medical Care if You Have the Flu

Posted 1 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

-- This year's flu season is shaping up to be the worst in nearly a decade, experts say. The flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself. If you do develop symptoms including high fever, severe body aches, headache, extreme fatigue, sore throat, cough, runny nose, vomiting or diarrhea, you probably have the flu, the American Red Cross says. Most cases don't require a visit to the emergency ...

Flu Shot a Lifesaver for Heart Failure Patients

Posted 28 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 28, 2018 – If you're a heart failure patient, new research suggests you would be wise to get a flu shot every year. After reviewing six studies that included more than 78,000 heart failure patients in the United States, Asia and Europe, researchers found that an annual flu vaccine reduced patients' risk of death by 50 percent during the flu season and by 20 percent during the ...

Why the Flu Makes You Feel So Miserable

Posted 27 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 27, 2018 – If you're unlucky enough to come down with the flu, you can blame your own body for your fever, cough, muscle aches and head-to-toe distress, experts say. Most of influenza's misery is caused by the human body itself, or more precisely the immune system's response to the virus. "Many of the things that feel bad are the body's attempts to get rid of the pathogen that's ...

Why Was This Year's Flu Shot So Weak? FDA Wants to Know

Posted 26 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 26, 2018 – With a nasty flu season still raging, it didn't help that this year's influenza vaccine was just 25 percent effective against H3N2, the dominant strain. So the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is bent on making sure next year's flu shot works better, agency commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a statement released Monday. "We are taking a number of actions to better ...

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