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).
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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).
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.
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?
The head of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Gebreysus, warned the medical community that humanity is not ready, and is, therefore, vulnerable to a pandemic.
A Puerto Rican mother announced that her child suffered from psychosis after taking antiviral medication: an adverse reaction from Oseltamivir (a generic Tamiflu drug).
Researchers at the University of Columbia want to stop the spread of viruses and bacteria in the air with a special Ultraviolet C (far-UVC) light. This can potentially make our buses, public toilets, and trains completely germ-free.
She did not take medications because it was "too expensive" and died of "flu" less than a week later
Texas teacher named Heather Holland, aged 38, died of complications from the flu after she decided to give up medical treatment because she considered the 116 dollar Tamiflu "too expensive."
Did you know that in some states cough and cold medicines containing codeine and hydrocodone are available over the counter for children? Here’s what you need to look for in your medicine cabinet to help you find out if your child is taking any unsafe cough and cold medicines.
Despite incessant advertising for flu shots, which tell you otherwise, you don't have to be a candidate for the flu every year. The health of your immune system is in your control and you can do something about boosting it.
The news is filled with screaming headlines about the flu. Yes, another flu season is upon us, but germs do not have to govern your life. Don’t be paranoid, but do go out and fill up your medicine cabinet with these all natural immune boosters that will give your body a fighting chance against the dreaded flu.
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.
If everyone around you is coming down with the flu and you are concerned, it is important to understand that how to fight the flu naturally isn't one flu shot away. The one and only way how to fight the flu naturally is to develop a strong and stable immune system through proper care and lifestyle choices.
Still undecided about whether or not to get the flu shot this cold and flu season? Well, here’s a new flu vaccine update that will make you change your mind about the flu shot this year and if it’s right for you and your loved ones.
Mother Nature has got you covered against the flu, provided you live within her laws and add more zinc-rich foods to your diet. This effective and natural flu shot remedy can keep you safe from the flu and colds all year around.
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.
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.
Allowing the flu to run its course without interruption leaves your immune system stronger and can be the difference between improving your health and having a relapse. Natural remedies are non-invasive and healing while over-the-counter medications can lengthen the duration of illness. Do you know what not to do when the flu strikes?
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?
Despite your best efforts, you’ve caught a cold or flu and now have to deal with it. Here’s what researchers say you should do each day when a cold or flu hits until you recover.
It’s a tall order to call on one mineral to knock out colds and flu, but it is entirely possible. Zinc is an immune-boosting superhero when it comes to knocking back cold, flu symptoms and more naturally, but sadly you’re deficient in it.
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.
Are you confused about the best way to treat your or your family’s cold and flu this year? Here’s an overview of the only cold and flu guide you will ever need this season prepared by the researchers at Consumer Reports.
Colloidal silver is a powerful immune stimulant. In this article, I will attempt to dispel some of the myths that gave this natural anti-microbial agent a bad reputation and reveal 10 health benefits of Colloidal silver.
Having a fever means the body is fighting against an invader – a bacteria or virus. While you may feel awful during a fever, spiking a fever is a good thing. It means your body is showing its strength or vitality. The higher your fever goes, the more vital you are!
Millions of Americans get a cold or the flu each year. But you can combat both with your juicer.
Making elderberry syrup at home is a highly effective and inexpensive way to protect yourself against the flu this season. Elderberry has been used for centuries to treat influenza, colds and sinusitis, and has been reported to have potent antiviral activity against influenza and even herpes simplex.