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  • Protect your dogs from the Canine Influenza virus
    Update on deadly flu virus that has affected over 1,000 dogs in Chicago area
    The dog-flu epidemic (yes, it's an epidemic) that is killing Chicago dogs is a strain of a virus that is new to North America. Scientists at Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin announced Sunday that while there is no evidence...
  • Influenza A
    Facts about the Canine Influenza virus
    Dogs getting sick in the Chicagoland area are confirmed to have canine influenza, or H3N8. This virus first appeared in horses 40 years ago and seems to have mutated enough to infect dogs relatively recently (2004). According to the CDC, the first...
  • Dog flu
    Dog flu: Outbreak of canine flu in Chicago area reaching 'epidemic' levels
    Canine influenza, or dog flu, is quickly reaching panic levels among dog owners and veterinarians in the Chicago area. The onset of flu among dogs is reaching near “epidemic” stages, and while officialsassure the canine flu cannotbe...
  • Flu hospitalizations at an all-time high for US seniors
    Flu hospitalizations at an all-time high for US seniors
    According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released on March 6, since last October, the rate of influenza hospitalizations among US seniors (age 65 and older) has been 258 hospitalizations per 100,000 individuals....
  • CDC: Flu vaccine effective
    CDC: Flu vaccine less effective than hoped, mutating viruses keep CDC guessing
    The CDC has announced that flu vaccine effective rates are much lower than anticipated. The Centers for Disease Control issued a statement and a warning, advising the public that the dominant strain of flu is not being combated by the vaccine. In...
  • Influenza B
    Influenza B:  The other scary monster in the room
    The flu is the flu and a strain is a strain. So what difference does it make if it’s classified as A, B or C? It could make a huge difference in children around 11 years of age. Even adults are not safe from this virus. Ignoring the risks of...
  • Flu: what can people do?
    Easy ways to deal with the flu.
    Strong anti-viral help of common essential oils vapors.Despite a very mild winter around the surrounding Washington DC area, this year the flu is wreaking havoc with the health of many people.One main reason for this unusual situation is the...
  • Not getting flu vaccine puts nursing home patients at risk
    Only half of nursing home employees get flu vaccine; puts patients at risk
    Influenza is associated with as many as 7,300 deaths annually in nursing home residents, but only about half of nursing home staff are vaccinated against the flu. Researchers surveyed 1,975 nursing home employees to find out their rates of...
  • Enjoy the game, but remember to follow these health tips.
    Three tips for a healthy Super Bowl Sunday
    Super Bowl Sunday is a time of celebration, especially for fans of the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. The excitement of the game and celebrations with friends and family make it easy to forget the implications of what you are eating...
  • CDC: Flu's stronghold in US starting to weaken
    CDC: Flu's stronghold in US starting to weaken
    The current flu season started out with a bang, but it's finally losing some of its steam. The number of infections seems to have peaked and is even starting to decline in many parts of the nation, according to information released Thursday by...
  • Influenza Activity Levels 2014-2015
    Improving flu predictions using 'big data'
    A study published in Scientific Reports on January 29, 2015, proposes that integrating “big data” (in the form of Google Flu Trends) into traditional surveillance methods can improve the prediction of influenza spread. The study shows...
  • MMR vaccine bottle
    Are vaccines too dangerous to be mandatory?
    The anti-vaccination movement has been gaining steam in the last few years, and with it has come the rise of previously eradicated diseases. With events like the Super Bowl coming up this Sunday and the recent outbreak of measles from Disneyland,...
  • "Duck flu" (a different strain of the highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza) is making the news.
    New strain of bird flu making its rounds in the news
    Just when we thought we had seen and heard the last of this season's eerie past with (but helpful tips for) flu epidemics, breaking news tells of another avian virus that is now carried by ducks. According to the New York Daily News on Jan. 23...
  • Kids who get the flu can become very ill.
    What to do if your child gets the flu
    Because their immune systems are not fully developed, infants and children are at a greater risk of getting the flu. In addition, if they get the flu, their risk of developing complications is also higher. Your child may have the flu if she has...
  • Flu Symptoms
    Flu symptom cures and relief using inexpensive home remedies
    Flu symptom cures and remedies may be right in your kitchen. Warning signs indicating you may have the flu include a sore throat, cough, and fever. Feeling better may require a variety of treatments.Taking prescription antiviral medication may...
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