Flu-Fighting Facts That May Surprise You

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Cieleke (sxc.hu)

The flu is an illness that you hear so much about year after year that it’s easy to assume you know all there is to know about it. That’s a mistake. Widely held assumptions about the flu often are wrong—and dangerous. By learning the facts, you can help yourself and loved ones from being among the estimated 36,000 Americans who will die this year due to pneumonia and other flu-related complications. Common misconceptions… Read the rest of this entry »

New Four-Strain Flu Vaccine

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Is It Right for You?

Have you heard? There’s a new type of flu vaccine that guards against four strains of flu rather than just the usual three strains.

We have some questions about this new quadrivalent flu vaccine, of course. For instance: Is it safe? How well does it work? (A fair question, considering that last year’s vaccine was only 56% effective.) How can you tell whether it’s right for you? And will you be able to find it if you want it? (Another fair question, given last year’s shortages.)

We’ve got these answers and more… Read the rest of this entry »

Influenza (la gripe)


La gripe, también conocida como influenza, es una infección vírica muy contagiosa de las vías respiratorias. Aunque afecta a ambos sexos y a cualquier grupo de edad, los niños tienden a contraerla con mayor frecuencia que los adultos. Además esta enfermedad es más común durante un período determinado del año, que suele ser ir de noviembre a abril, y la mayoría de los casos se producen entre finales de diciembre y principios de marzo.

Signos y síntomas

La gripe se confunde a menudo con el resfriado común, pero los síntomas de la gripe suelen ser mucho más fuertes que los síntomas típicos de estornudos y la nariz tapada de un resfriado.

Los síntomas de la gripe pueden incluir: Read the rest of this entry »

Seasonal Influenza


The flu comes every year.  It is estimated that between 5% and 20% of Americans get it each year.  Most people get over it with no problems.  The Center for Disease Control estimate that in the U.S. more than 200,000 people are hospitalized and about 36,000 people die from the flu and its complications every year.

The flu virus was identified in the 1930s.  It probably existed for a long time before that.  Scientists classify influenza viruses into type A, B, and C – yes this was the best they could come up with.

Mom Was Right Read the rest of this entry »