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  • 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...
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    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...
  • Emily Blunt flu: She is not letting the flu bring her down this award season
    Emily Blunt flu: 'Into the Woods' star gets sick before Golden Globes, bad luck
    Poor Emily Blunt has the flu, and at the worst possible time too this winter season — right before the 2015 Golden Globes. The lovely “Into the Woods” star has confirmed that she is unfortunately sick, but was still able to pull...
  • Real Vitamin E
    Arm Your Immune Ssystem with R-e-a-l Vitamin E
    Infrequent or seasonal bacterial infections of the lungs can be quite dangerous as you are probably already aware. The good news is that there is a natural remedy that can help the immune system avoid this sometimes even deadly illness.Additional...
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    Flu epidemic in 43 states so far: Only going to get worse
    The flu has spread like wildfire in at least 43 states so far this season. According to a report by The Star Tribune on Jan. 5, the Centers for Disease Control have stated that hospital rates have already matched that of only two years ago....
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    Why is the flu shot not working?
    It’s no secret that the flu shot this year is less effective in preventing children and adults from getting the flu than it has been in the past few years. Why is this happening when medical professionals recommend almost everyone getting a...