The seasonal flu shot is a yearly vaccine administered to protect against the flu, or influenza. In the United States, flu shots are recommended for everyone ages 6 months and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The flu can be a very serious illness, especially in young children, adults ages 65 and over, those with underlying health conditions, and pregnant women. The flu shot is the best way to protect yourself and family from the flu, the CDC says. Strains of the flu virus are constantly changing, so a new flu vaccine is made each year. Scientists make the vaccine before the flu season starts by predicting which flu strains are likely to be the most common during the upcoming season. "Since the flu virus frequently drifts in its genetic composition, you have to reformulate the vaccine, and this is one of the reasons that people have to [get a flu shot] on an annual basis," said Dr. William Schaffner, a preventive medicine and infectious disease … [Read more...] about Flu Shot Facts & Side Effects (Updated for 2017-2018)
Daily news 19 February 2018 By Debora MacKenzie in GenevaA type of avian flu has infected people for the first time. So far, the virus doesn’t seem to be especially threatening, but its jump from chickens to humans was unexpected: the World Health Organization says no similar strains have ever crossed over to people before. Last week, the Hong Kong government announced that a 68-year-old woman in Jiangsu Province in eastern China was hospitalised in January with severe respiratory symptoms. This turned out to be the first recorded case of an … … [Read more...] about Flu is evolving in new and unpredictable ways in China’s poultry
A recent study from the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University shows that continuous low doses of a specific type of UV light known as "far ultraviolet C" (far-UVC) light can kill airborne flu viruses without harming human tissues. The hope is that if far-UVC light could be implemented in large public spaces like airports, train stations, or stadiums, where it could be a safeguard against seasonal influenza epidemics and even influenza pandemics. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below It's well-known that broad-spectrum UVC light, which has a wavelength of 200 to 400 nanometers, can kill bacteria and viruses. It's often used to clean surgical equipment, but it can't really be used with people.“Unfortunately, conventional germicidal UV light is also a human health hazard and can lead to skin cancer and cataracts, which prevents its use in public spaces,” says study leader David J. Brenner, director of the Center for Radiological Research in press release. … [Read more...] about UV Light Could Zap Flu Pandemics Before They Start
By Megan Specia2015-01-01 14:42:59 UTC The flu has reached epidemic levels in the U.S. this season according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Statistics released this week, show that the influenza virus outbreak reached the epidemic threshold during the week ending Dec. 20. See also: Study: Ginseng Extract Could Help Fight Off the Flu "At this time, all of CDC's influenza surveillance systems are showing elevated flu activity, indicating that we are in the midst of this season's flu epidemic," said Erin Burns of the CDC told USA Today. According to the CDC, a total of 15 influenza related pediatric deaths have been reported during the 2014-2015 season across the U.S. The deaths were reported in nine different states: Arizona (1), Colorado (1), Florida (2), Minnesota (2), North Carolina (2), Nevada (1), Ohio (2), Texas (3), and Virginia (1). #Flu activity continues to increase in the U.S. and is high in about half of the country. More in http://t.co/dX279rigYg — CDC … [Read more...] about CDC: Flu has reached epidemic level, 15 child deaths in U.S.
In the past few weeks, you might have seen some news articles on your social media feed warning pet owners of a highly contagious dog flu raging all over the US. The headlines are definitely eye-catching — “What is dog flu? Contagious disease spreads across the United States” blared a recent Newsweek article — but the truth is, thankfully, much tamer: yes, some dogs are catching the flu in four US states. But no, there’s no reason to panic. “What’s happening now really doesn’t seem uncommon. We’ve seen these outbreaks flare up and then usually they run their course, and then that’s it,” says Michael San Filippo, a spokesperson for the American Vet Medical Association. “So there’s nothing here that we’re seeing that’s causing us extra alarm.” Just like humans, dogs can catch the flu and show similar symptoms: a fever, coughing, watery eyes, and a runny nose. There are currently two dog flu … [Read more...] about Dog flu is real but there’s no reason to panic