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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 ...

With Warmer Weather Comes Wrap-Up of Severe Flu Season

Posted 31 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 30, 2018 – Spring continues to take the bite out of this year's brutal flu season, new numbers show. For starters: yet another drop was seen in doctor visits, and less severe strains of influenza are becoming ever more dominant. But hospitalizations for the flu are still a problem, and there have been additional pediatric deaths, the latest federal numbers show. For the seventh ...

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 ...

When Is a Sick Fellow Air Passenger a Health Risk to You?

Posted 19 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 19, 2018 – If you worry about catching a nasty infection when you fly, a new study suggests your risk boils down to exactly how close you are to that sick passenger. A row in front, a row in back, a couple of seats to the side, and your chances of getting sick jump, researchers report. "Passengers should not, however, worry about getting sick from somebody coughing five rows ...

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 ...

Study Debunks Link Between Tamiflu and Teen Suicide

Posted 16 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 16, 2018 – Finally, there's a bit of positive news in this brutal flu season. A new study suggests that Tamiflu (oseltamivir), the only commercially available prescription medicine approved to treat the flu, does not boost suicide risk among children and teens. Since 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has required a warning on Tamiflu packaging that it may cause ...

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 ...

Young Men Face Higher Risk for Rare Flu Complication

Posted 8 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 8, 2018 – Young men recovering from the flu should be aware of a side effect that causes nerve damage, a health expert warns. To combat the flu virus, your immune system produces antibodies. In rare cases, these antibodies also attack myelin, which is the protective sheath around the nerves, explained Dr. Sheetal Shroff, a neurologist with Houston Methodist health system in Texas ...

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 ...

Japan OKs New Drug, Xofluza, That Kills Flu Virus in a Day

Posted 27 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

A new drug purported to kill the flu virus in just one day has been approved in Japan and could be for sale in that country by May. Xofluza (baloxavir marboxil) is a pill that's taken just once. Like the current antiflu drug Tamiflu (oseltamivir), the new drug shortens the duration of flu symptoms by a couple of days, ABC News reported. But the makers of Xofluza say it is more advanced than ...

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 ...

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