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 »


Staying Away from the Flu This Year


Little kids sure can be cute, but when they’re all sneezy and drippy, who can blame us for not wanting to get too close — imagine the germs! And when flu season hits, the thought of being sidelined with a hacking cough, fever and chills is enough to make us want to step back just a bit further from those sweet little faces. Hold on though — it turns out that small children may be getting a bad rap when it comes to spreading the flu. Dena Schanzer, MSc, PStat, a senior statistical analyst with the Public Health Agency in Ontario, Canada, published research recently in the American Journal of Epidemiology that suggests that, in fact, Read the rest of this entry »


Seasonal Influenza

Fluvirus

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 »