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

Posted 22 Mar 2018 by

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 ...

Nasty Flu Season Shows More Signs of Slowing

Posted 3 Mar 2018 by

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 ...

Flu Shot a Lifesaver for Heart Failure Patients

Posted 28 Feb 2018 by

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 ...

It's Still Not Too Late for a Flu Shot

Posted 23 Feb 2018 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 – Even though it's the end of February, it's still not too late to get a flu shot, doctors say. This flu season is one of the worst seen in the United States in years. Flu-linked hospitalizations were still rising earlier this month, and 84 children have died from flu complications so far, according to government health officials. "There's still time to get the flu shot. ...

New Version of Nasal Flu Vaccine to Return for Next Season

Posted 22 Feb 2018 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 – Doctors can offer patients a new version of the nasal spray flu vaccine FluMist next winter, a U.S. government advisory panel says. Two years ago, the Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices withdrew its recommendation for FluMist after research found that it was largely ineffective. But on Wednesday, the panel voted 12-2 to recommend FluMist as an option for the ...

Flu Shot During Pregnancy Poses No Harm to Baby

Posted 20 Feb 2018 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 – There's some good news for expecting moms who are trying to weather a brutal flu season – a new study shows that getting the flu vaccine during pregnancy causes no harm to newborns. Researchers reviewed records on more than 400,000 infants born between 2004 and 2014, and found no increased risk of infant hospitalization or death following maternal inoculation during ...

Flu Season Shows First Signs of Slowing

Posted 16 Feb 2018 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 – While this flu season is still one of the worst seen in years, the first signs that infection rates are starting to level off were reported by U.S. health officials on Friday. As of Feb. 10, a total of 43 states continued to experience widespread flu activity, down from 48 the week before, according to the latest surveillance report from the U.S. Centers for Disease ...

CDC Says Flu Vaccine Just 25 Percent Effective Against Leading Strain

Posted 15 Feb 2018 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 – Flu continues to ravage the United States in one of the worst flu seasons in recent years. And the ineffectiveness of this year's flu vaccine is partly to blame. According to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the vaccine is only 25 percent effective against H3N2 influenza, which is causing most flu cases this year. Among children 6 ...

A Bad Flu Season Keeps Getting Worse

Posted 9 Feb 2018 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 – This year's dangerous flu season shows no sign of waning, and "may be on track to break some recent records." That was the sobering assessment offered Friday by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Acting Director Dr. Anne Schuchat. Flu activity across the country has reached new highs compared to other recent severe flu seasons, Schuchat said. For example: ...

It's a Century Since the 1918 Flu Pandemic - Could It Happen Again?

Posted 7 Feb 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 – One hundred years ago, the deadliest influenza pandemic of all time made a ravaging march across the globe. The "Spanish" flu of 1918-19 infected an estimated one-third of the world's population and killed between 50 million and 100 million people, modern epidemiologists estimate. That raises the inevitable question as the United States battles its way through another ...

Flu Season One of the Worst in a Decade: CDC

Posted 26 Jan 2018 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 26, 2018 – This flu season is shaping up as one of the nastiest in years, and it isn't showing any signs of easing up, U.S. health officials said Friday. Every state except Hawaii continues to experience widespread activity, with the more virulent H3N2 strain continuing to dominate, according to the latest weekly update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. After ...

Progress on 'Universal' Vaccine Against Leading Flu Strain

Posted 24 Jan 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 24, 2018 – The United States is in the grip of a tough flu season, and the current influenza vaccine is only partially effective. However, scientists say they're getting closer to a "universal" flu shot for the leading strain of the illness – a vaccine that wouldn't need to be redeveloped and readministered each year. Trials in mice found that the new shot triggered lasting ...

Too Few Older, Hospitalized Patients Getting Flu Tests

Posted 24 Jan 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 24, 2018 – As a nasty flu season rages throughout the United States, new research finds that one particularly vulnerable population often misses out on tests for the illness. Among hospitalized people, older patients are much less likely to be tested for flu than younger patients, the new study found. That's important, because the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...

Severe Flu Season, Tough Winter a Double Whammy for Blood Banks

Posted 22 Jan 2018 by

MONDAY, Jan. 22, 2018 – A merciless flu season and lots of wintry weather are draining the U.S. blood supply, officials report. Since the beginning of the year, more than 500 American Red Cross blood drives have been canceled because of dangerous weather conditions. That means about 13,000 pints of blood and platelets went uncollected, according to the relief organization. To make matters worse, ...

Flu May Be Spread By Just Breathing

Posted 19 Jan 2018 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 19, 2018 – In the midst of an especially tough flu season, here's more bad news: Researchers say it may be possible to spread the virus simply by breathing. Until now, it was thought that people picked up a flu virus when they touched contaminated surfaces or inhaled droplets in the air ejected by an infected person's coughs or sneezes. But the new study finds coughs and sneezes may ...

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