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Arm Yourself Against the Coming Flu Season

Posted 5 days ago by

SUNDAY, Nov. 11, 2018 – If the last flu season is any indication, you need to take steps now to protect yourself against infection, an infectious diseases expert warns. The 2017-2018 flu season in the United States was the worst since the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began tracking the severity of annual flu seasons. There were nearly 200 child deaths and about 80,000 adult ...

Roll Up Your Sleeves to Avoid the Flu

Posted 19 days ago by

SUNDAY, Oct. 28, 2018 – With flu season looming, don't wait too long to get your flu shot, a health expert advises. "The best way to avoid the flu is to get vaccinated," said Cindy Weston, an assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Nursing. "When it comes to you and your family's health, it's best to take the cautious approach and get your shot," she added in a school news release. Flu ...

Getting Flu Shot Annually Won't Undermine Its Effectiveness in Kids

Posted 26 Oct 2018 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 – Does getting a flu shot every year diminish its power to protect children? Absolutely not, say researchers, who found that last year's shot will not in any way reduce the flu-fighting strength of this year's shot. The conclusion follows three years spent monitoring flu vaccine effectiveness among nearly 3,400 children aged 2 to 17. The researchers said the findings ...

Flu Activity Is Low -- For Now

Posted 26 Oct 2018 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 25, 2018 – Although this flu season is off to a slow start, U.S. health officials are urging everyone to get vaccinated now. Why? Last year was one of the worst flu seasons on record, yet fewer Americans got a flu shot than in years past. In fact, less than four in 10 adults were protected against flu and its complications last winter, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease ...

FDA Gives OK to First New Flu Drug, Xofluza (Baloxavir Marboxil) in 20 Years

Posted 24 Oct 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24, 2018 – For the first time in two decades, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new type of antiviral flu drug. The single oral dose of Xofluza (baloxavir marboxil) is for the treatment of uncomplicated flu in patients aged 12 and older who have had symptoms for no more than 48 hours. When used within 48 hours of getting sick with the flu, antiviral drugs can ...

FDA Approves Xofluza (baloxavir marboxil) for the Treatment of Acute Uncomplicated Influenza

Posted 24 Oct 2018 by

October 24, 2018 – Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Xofluza (baloxavir marboxil) for the treatment of acute uncomplicated influenza (flu) in patients 12 years of age and older who have been symptomatic for no more than 48 hours.“This is the first new antiviral flu treatment with a novel mechanism of action approved by the FDA in nearly 20 years. With thousands of people g ...

Health Tip: Flu 101

Posted 23 Oct 2018 by

-- About 10 percent of Americans get the flu each year, mostly as the weather turns colder. While for most people the flu is a major inconvenience but a minor health threat, for older adults and others with weaker immune systems, the flu can be life-threatening. The U.S. National Institute on Aging says you should contact a doctor without delay if: Your fever goes away and comes back. This could ...

Don't Become a Flu Statistic. Get Vaccinated

Posted 23 Oct 2018 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 23, 2018 – With flu season imminent, U.S. health officials urge everyone 6 months and older to get a flu shot. Already, one unvaccinated child in Florida has died from flu, the officials warned. Not many cases have been reported so far, so it's too soon to know if this year's strains will be as severe as last season's, said Lynnette Brammer, of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control ...

Flu Shot in Pregnancy Lowers Risk of Flu Hospitalization

Posted 11 Oct 2018 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 – The flu shot reduces a pregnant woman's risk of hospitalization for flu by 40 percent, new research shows. "Expecting mothers face a number of threats to their health and the health of their baby during pregnancy, and getting the flu is one of them," said study co-author Allison Naleway, of Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, in Portland, Ore. These "findings ...

Skip the Cold Meds for Kids Under 6, Experts Say

Posted 11 Oct 2018 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 – School is in full swing, and with it comes a plethora of colds passed back and forth among kids. But parents who want to alleviate a sick child's misery would do best to avoid over-the-counter cough and cold remedies. Decongestants should not be given to children younger than 6 because there's no evidence that they do any good, according to a new review published online ...

Working Out When Under the Weather

Posted 5 Oct 2018 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 5, 2018 – Every now and then you might not feel well enough to exercise and decide to skip a workout. But if you have a cold that could last a full week, you probably won't want to find yourself facing a fitness setback once you've recovered. Here's how to stay in the game. The general guideline is that you should be able to work out if your symptoms are from the neck up, like a ...

Flu Season Lingers in Big Cities

Posted 4 Oct 2018 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 4, 2018 – Big cities with a large commuting workforce tend to have longer, more grinding flu seasons, a new study suggests. Researchers found that a city's flu season is apt to last longer as its population increases and workplaces become more focused within a few key spots, said lead researcher Benjamin Dalziel, a population biologist with Oregon State University. "Larger cities ...

A Needle-Free Flu Vaccine in the Mail? It Might Happen

Posted 12 Sep 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 – Instead of visiting the doctor each fall, sitting in a waiting room filled with the sniffling, sneezing masses – what if you could just slap on a flu vaccine "patch" sent in the mail? That's the vision of researchers who've developed and conducted early tests on an injection-free vaccine that looks like a Band-Aid you place on your arm. Their initial hope is to ...

New One-Dose Flu Drug Shows Promise

Posted 6 Sep 2018 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 – An experimental single-dose flu drug shows promise as a new way to alleviate the misery of influenza, researchers say. The drug – called baloxavir – worked better than no treatment in one phase of a new study. The study also found it as effective as the current standard drug, oseltamivir (Tamiflu), at controlling symptoms such as coughing, sore throat, headache, ...

All Children Should Receive Flu Vaccine ASAP, Doctors Advise

Posted 3 Sep 2018 by

MONDAY, Sept. 3, 2018 – All children 6 months of age and older should have a flu shot, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says. A flu shot significantly reduces a child's risk of severe illness and flu-related death, according to the policy statement published online Sept. 3 in the journal Pediatrics. "The flu virus is common – and unpredictable. It can cause serious complications even in ...

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