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    Flu and Tdap Vaccine Combo Confirmed Safe During Pregnancy

    Pregnant women can and should receive the influenza and Tdap vaccines to protect both mother and baby from the respiratory flu and whooping cough. A new six-year study published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology confirms the safety of both vaccines during pregnancy and reveals that pregnancy women can receive both at the same time […] More

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    Universal Flu Shot Likely Within Five Years

    In the face of an influenza epidemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that the current seasonal flu vaccine is only 23 percent effective. Because the current method for producing the influenza vaccine relies on choosing viruses months in advance, viruses sometimes drift, resulting in a less effective vaccine. However, researchers […] More

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    CDC Announces Flu Epidemic in United States

    Last month the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned that the current 2014-2015 flu season could be severe based on early data. Now the CDC has announced that statistics released this week indicate that the influenza outbreak in the United States reached the epidemic threshold during the week ending on December 20. The […] More

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    CDC Warns of Potentially Severe Flu Season

    Early data suggests that the current 2014-2015 flu season could be severe, warns the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As a result of the prediction, the CDC has urged immediate vaccination with the flu shot or flu mist for all individuals still unvaccinated this flu season. The CDC also recommends prompt treatment with […] More

  • Flu Shot Effective for Seniors

    Flu Shot (Influenza Vaccine) Effective in Seniors

    In addition to children under the age of 2 and individuals with underlying health problems, seniors over the age of 60 are at greatest risk for influenza (respiratory flu). However, a new review published in the journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases concludes that the flu shot, or influenza vaccine, effectively protects seniors against the flu […] More

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    Seasonal Flu Vaccine May Reduce Stroke Risk

    Because respiratory infections such as the flu can increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases, receiving the seasonal flu vaccine can reduce the risk of stroke by almost a quarter, says a new study from the University of Lincoln and The University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom as published in the journal Vaccine. Influenza, or […] More

  • Flu Shot Prevents Influenza

    Severest Flu Cases Among Young, Unvaccinated Adults

    An analysis of patients seeking treatment for the flu at Duke University Hospital reveals that the most severe cases and the cases that require the most intensive treatment occur among unvaccinated individuals. Influenza, or the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. Symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy […] More

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    11 Lies About the Flu Shot

    As autumn continues and eventually transitions into winter — and flu season — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that all individuals who are at least six months of age receive a flu vaccine. The flu shot […] More

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