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Severe Flu Season Slams All But One State: CDC

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018 – The worst flu season in years is only getting worse, with 49 states now seeing widespread misery, U.S. health officials report. "Flu is everywhere in the U.S. right now," Dr. Daniel Jernigan, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's influenza division, said during a media briefing Friday. On a map of the United States tracking flu activity, "this is the first year that we have had the entire continental U.S. be the same color," he noted. Only Hawaii and the District of Columbia have been spared widespread flu infection so far, according to the CDC. "There has been a very rapid increase in the numbers of people coming in to see their doctors. The season has started early, and it is probably peaking right about now," Jernigan added. Not only that, but "there is also a rapid rise in the number of people being hospitalized for ... Read more

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Severe Flu Season Tightens Its Grip on U.S.

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 – Americans are being hit with one of the worst flu seasons in years, with misery now widespread across 46 states, health officials say. In the West, emergency rooms in California and Arizona are packed with people struck by the flu, and drugs that ease the illness are in short supply as doctors struggle with a sharp spike in cases. Further complicating matters, many hospitals nationwide are struggling with a shortage of bags that contain fluids that deliver medicine to treat dehydrated patients, including flu patients. The reason: many of the bags are produced by factories in Puerto Rico, which is still dealing with power problems caused by Hurricane Maria in mid-November. Meanwhile, flu cases are also widespread across the Northeast, and in Florida health workers are reporting a January surge in severe cases. Virtually no region of the country has been spared, ... Read more

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What to Do if Your Child Has Chickenpox

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 8, 2017 – Have a child with chickenpox? Don't despair. There are a number of things you can do to care for a child with this disease. "For most healthy children, chickenpox clears on its own without treatment," said Dr. Sheila Fallon Friedlander, a professor of pediatrics and dermatology at the University of California, San Diego. However, chickenpox is highly contagious. That makes it important to keep your child at home or limit contact with other people, Friedlander said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. This should be the case until all the chickenpox blisters have formed scabs, which usually takes a week, and there are no new blisters. To relieve itchiness, she suggests giving your child baths with colloidal oatmeal. You can get this at drugstores. Add the oatmeal under the faucet while filling the tub with lukewarm – not hot – water. After ... Read more

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Annual Flu Shots Help Keep Seniors Out of the Hospital

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 8, 2018 – The current flu season is shaping up to be a nasty one, but there's good news for American seniors who've gotten their flu shot. New research shows that for older adults, faithfully getting the vaccine each year greatly reduces the odds of catching a flu so severe that it lands you in the hospital. Researchers found that repeated influenza vaccination offers a double benefit in older adults, proving 74 percent effective in preventing intensive-care (ICU) admissions and 70 percent effective in preventing deaths. The findings bolster the notion that although getting a flu shot doesn't always prevent the flu, it can make it milder for those who do catch it, said study author Dr. Jesus Castilla. He's a researcher at the Navarra Institute for Health Research in Pamplona, Spain. "We were surprised by the big magnitude of the vaccine effect in preventing severe ... Read more

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How to Get Your Health on Track for 2018

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Jan. 6, 2018 – For those still open to adding to their list of New Year's resolutions, the American Medical Association (AMA) is offering its top 10 healthy suggestions. First, Americans should make an effort to cut back on sugary drinks, medical experts advise. Diabetes screening is also a good proactive step as the new year unfolds. The AMA suggests trying an online tool – a self-screening website – to help you do just that. Go to DoIHavePrediabetes.org. Increasing physical activity is another good idea, based on the notion that all adults aged 18 to 65 should rack up at least a half-hour of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise five days a week. Or, as an alternative, you can try 20 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise three times a week. Cutting down on salt (sodium) and processed foods is another positive step, according to the AMA. So is being clear about your ... Read more

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Health Tip: Things to Know About This Year's Flu Shot

Posted 22 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

-- The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all kids get the annual flu shot. Each year, up to 20 percent of the U.S. population gets the flu and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized, the academy says. Here's the group's list of things to know about the flu shot: The flu vaccine is recommended for all children. The shot should be given during autumn. This year's vaccine should be obtained only in the form of a shot. The inhaled mist is not recommended this year. You cannot get the flu from the flu shot. You may still get the flu if you were vaccinated, but it will be milder than if you hadn't been given the shot. There are more than 165 million doses of the flu vaccine available this year. The flu vaccine does not cause autism. You can get the flu vaccine at the same time as other vaccines. Read more

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Flu Shot Safe Even With an Egg Allergy

Posted 19 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 19, 2017 – It's safe for people with an egg allergy to get a flu shot, says a leading U.S. allergists' group. Doctors no longer need to question patients about egg allergy before giving the vaccine, according to an updated guideline from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. "When someone gets a flu shot, health care providers often ask if they are allergic to eggs," said guideline lead author Dr. Matthew Greenhawt. "We want health care providers and people with egg allergy to know there is no need to ask this question anymore, and no need to take any special precautions," said Greenhawt, chair of the college's food allergy committee. The guideline is consistent with recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics. The "overwhelming evidence" since 2011 has shown that a flu shot poses no ... Read more

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Flu Vaccine Could Work as Well as Last Year's Shot: Study

Posted 19 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 18, 2017 – As the flu barrels across the United States, the good news is that this year's vaccine may work better than many expected. The flu has reached epidemic proportions in seven of the 10 regions in the country, according to Lynnette Brammer, an epidemiologist in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's influenza division. Even more troubling, the same, more severe H3N2 flu strain that was around last year is circulating again this year, she said. That concerned flu experts who had watched the vaccine show only 10 percent effectiveness against the H3N2 strain that circulated in Australia, where the flu season has just ended. But a recent report in the journal F1000 Research found the Australian strain of H3N2 is not identical to the predominant virus circulating in the United States. "The majority of the viruses are well-covered by the vaccine," said ... Read more

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Tougher State Laws Curb Vaccine Refusers

Posted 18 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 18, 2017 – A Washington state law aimed at discouraging nonmedical childhood vaccine exemptions seems to have worked, a new study finds. The legislation, enacted in 2011, required parents to talk to a doctor before they could get their child exempted from vaccinations for nonmedical reasons. Researchers found that after the law went into effect, the state's overall vaccine exemption rate fell by 40 percent. And it remained consistently lower through 2014 – the most recent year the researchers assessed. "Not only did the rates go down, but they remained remarkably stable," said lead researcher Dr. Saad Omer, of Emory University's Vaccine Center in Atlanta. Right now, all U.S. states allow children to skip vaccinations for medical reasons. And 47 states, Omer said, allow exemptions due to families' religious beliefs, "personal beliefs," or both. Three states allow only ... Read more

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Are Men Just 'Babies' When They Get the Flu? Maybe Not

Posted 12 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 11, 2017 – As winter rolls into town, so does the flu and all its miserable symptoms. Yet, doctors and women alike have long noticed that men tend to bemoan those symptoms more than women. The phenomenon even has a name: the "man flu." So, are men just whiny wimps? No, a new analysis out of Canada suggests, because respiratory illnesses may indeed hit men harder than women. According to study author Dr. Kyle Sue, "there are already many physiologic differences between men and women, so it makes sense that we could differ in our responses to cold and flu viruses as well." Sue is a clinical assistant professor in family medicine with the Health Sciences Centre at Memorial University of Newfoundland. "The evidence in current studies points towards men having weaker immune systems than women, especially when it comes to common viral respiratory infections," Sue explained. "Men ... Read more

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Tough Flu Season Ahead: Vaccine May Only Be 10% Effective

Posted 7 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 – There's bad news about this year's flu vaccine. The most common type of flu being seen in the United States is influenza A H3N2, the same severe strain that dominated last flu season. And in Australia, where the winter flu season has just wrapped up, this season's vaccine was only about 10 percent effective against the H3N2 strain. "Our vaccine is the same as the one used in Australia," said Lynnette Brammer, an epidemiologist in the influenza division of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "The vaccine doesn't work as well for H3N2 viruses in general." But she added that a 10 percent effectiveness rate still seems a bit low. Last year, a similar vaccine was 43 percent effective against the H3N2 virus and 48 percent effective overall, according to the CDC. And Brammer added that other types of flu are circulating, including influenza A H1N1 ... Read more

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Will CVS-Aetna Merger Mean Cheaper Health Care?

Posted 4 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 4, 2017 – U.S. consumers stand to benefit from CVS Health's planned purchase of insurance giant Aetna, executives from the two corporations say. Other health care industry observers aren't so sure. The $69 billion deal was announced Sunday. Merging CVS, which has 10,000 retail clinics and pharmacies, with Aetna means more health services will likely move out of doctors' offices to store-based providers across the nation. Pharmacies already provide vaccinations and blood pressure checks. Now, they could offer one-stop shopping for insurance and certain diagnostic services. On-site lab work and diabetes counseling are two other possibilities, said Larry Merlo, CVS Health president and CEO. Customers should also expect lower prices, Merlo said. "We know we can make health care more affordable and less expensive," Merlo told The New York Times. "We think of it as creating a ... Read more

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Will CVS-Aetna Merger Mean Cheaper Health Care?

Posted 4 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 4, 2017 – U.S. consumers stand to benefit from CVS Health's planned purchase of insurance giant Aetna, executives from the two corporations say. Other health care industry observers aren't so sure. The $69 billion deal was announced Sunday. Merging CVS, which has 10,000 retail clinics and pharmacies, with Aetna means more health services will likely move out of doctors' offices to store-based providers across the nation. Pharmacies already provide vaccinations and blood pressure checks. Now, they could offer one-stop shopping for insurance and certain diagnostic services. On-site lab work and diabetes counseling are two other possibilities, said Larry Merlo, CVS Health president and CEO. Customers should also expect lower prices, Merlo said. "We know we can make health care more affordable and less expensive," Merlo told The New York Times. "We think of it as creating a ... Read more

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Health Tip: Ease Your Child's Worry During Vaccinations

Posted 23 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Lots of young children dread getting routine shots, triggering worry among their parents. So what can you do to ease your youngster's stress? The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests: Pack a favorite toy, book or blanket to help calm your child. Distract and comfort your child by cuddling, singing or talking softly. Smile and make eye contact with your child. Let your child know that everything is ok. If possible, hold your child firmly on your lap. Read more

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Health Tip: Travel Safely With a Child

Posted 22 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Long-distance travel is worrisome enough. But add a child to the mix, and stress levels can only rise. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests how to make traveling with a child easier: Adjust your child's sleep schedule a few days before departure to minimize jet lag. Once you arrive, encourage the child to play outside during daylight hours to help the child adjust to the time difference. Pay careful attention while a child swims. Pools may not be equipped with the same modern drain systems, and beaches may not have lifeguards. Make sure your child always wears a life jacket on a boat. Carefully inspect lodging areas for exposed wiring, pest poison, paint chips or inadequate stairway or balcony railings. Be aware that a crib or play yard provided by a hotel may not meet familiar safety standards. Pack mosquito protection if you're traveling to a country that hosts a ... Read more

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