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Flu and Cold

Influenza: Are We Ready or Does The Shot Do Any Good?

Influenza

Influenza activity in the US began to increase in early November 2017 and rose sharply from December through February 3, 2018. From October 2017 to January 1, 2018, the weekly percentage of deaths from pneumonia and flu ranged from 5.8% to 10.1% and has exceeded the epidemic threshold for five consecutive weeks. During seasons with increased severity of influenza, antiviral medications are an important adjunct to vaccinations. Additional study is needed to see if this year's virus will mutate and develop resistance to the four antiviral medications available. In addition to seeing just how effective the current influenza vaccination will be in controlling influenza transmission (Budd et al, 2018).

Skepticism of Flu and Other Vaccinations

Flu shots and other vaccines

Families and societies have faced cycles of deadly diseases, including pandemics, for centuries with profound effects on the perceptions and realities of unseen threats. Since the 16th century, influenza pandemics have occurred at intervals ranging from 10 to 50 years. In the 20th and 21st centuries, three outbreaks of pandemic flu happened. In 1918 it was Spanish Flu with 20% to 40% of worldwide population ill and estimated 50 million people died. In 1957 an influenza virus originated in East Asia that killed between one and two million. Then in 1968, a similar flu virus originated in Hong Kong that resulted in between one and four million deaths. More recently, in the spring of 2009, spreading fast in Mexico and US, the world was rocked with another health crisis; H1N1 (Swine Flu). This study proved that there is limited benefit from flu vaccination given each year but it is better than no help at all (Aylesworth-Spink, 2017).

Children in Oregon Who Have Missed Some Vaccinations Will Be Sent Home From School

Oregon Mandatory Vaccination

Many schools in the United States require for their students to be properly vaccinated. In Oregon, schools are making the requirements stricter. Those students who are not up-to-date on their vaccinations will no longer be allowed to go to school starting on February 21st. Some of these required vaccines include: whooping cough, polio, chicken pox, and measles. Local health authorities notify parents of students if their children are not up-to-date on their vaccinations.

How to have winter fun so the cold and flu don't interfere

Skiing in winter

Winter is the time not only for the long-awaited New Year holidays, snow, skiing, skating, sleigh riding, and building snowmen that children. It is also the time when people are especially susceptible to colds and acute respiratory viral infections. Such is the case for many reasons, including a lack of sunlight and energy, vitamins, and a general decrease in immunity. What are winter colds, how are they dangerous, and how can one avoid them?

How To Avoid Getting Sick While Flying

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Flying is perhaps the germiest way to travel. Not only is getting sick while flying about being in a confined space for an extended period of time but with so many people jet-setting from different parts of the world, it is easier than ever for illness to strike. Getting sick while flying is extremely inconvenient. Getting sick after travel is also highly common. Luckily, both can be avoided with some simple and proactive immune-boosting strategies.

Experts share why older adults need flu vaccine: 8 things to know

Experts warn why you shouldn't skip the flu shot, especially if you're 65 or older

Experts share flu season is likely to be severe, making it important to get your flu shot, especially for those age 65 and above. EmaxHealth asked Dr. Adam Welch, Associate Professor at the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University and Gina Venditti MPAS, PA-C, Board of Trustees, Physician Assistant (PA) Foundation why it is so important for older adults to get an annual flu vaccine.

Flu Deaths on The Rise, So What’s Your Chances of Dying Too?

Flu deaths rising and your risk

The latest flu-related news tells us that the most recent estimates on global flu-related deaths is at least approximately 100,000 more than previously estimated. If flu deaths are on the rise, what’s your chances of dying too this flu season? Here’s what you need to know to access your and your loved one’s risk.

Death from Cold or Flu Could Happen from Too Much of These Medications Taken Together

Cold and flu medications

You’ve come down with a cold or the flu and are determined to take it on right away by bombarding the bug with legitimate OTC medications recommended for treating the cold and the flu. But did you know that it is very easy to overdose on one important ingredient if you choose the wrong combination of cold and flu meds?

This Is The Real Reason You Get Colds and Flu Every Year

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There is only one reason you get a cold or the flu -- just one. It is not because someone coughed or sneezed on you, or because a co-worker came to work sick. The only reason you get colds and flu every year is due to a weakened or compromised, immune system. There is no other reason on earth to get the flu or catch a bug than to have an immune system that is taxed and run down.

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