Mon May 22 2017

Category: Cold / Flu


What Does the Emergence of Drug Resistant Flu Mean?

Posted in Cold / Flu, Medications

For the first time, one strain of flu circulating in the United States is resistant to osaltamivir, marketed as Tamiflu.  This is concerning for many reasons, but especially because we’ve been stockpiling this medication for use against a pandemic strain of flu, and emerging resistance could render this medication ineffective.  Aaron Milstone, an infectious disease [&hellip

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Should Everybody Return to Injectable Vaccines?

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Many people respond better to injected flu vaccines than to the inhaled version, a recent study concluded, but Aaron Milstone, an infectious disease expert at Johns Hopkins, says there is still a place for the inhaled vaccine

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Which Type of Flu Vaccine is Best?

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Some people respond best to traditional flu shots, while others get more protection from FluMist, the inhaled vaccine.  That’s according to a study published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Aaron Milstone, an infectious disease expert at Johns Hopkins, comments

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Common Strain of the Flu May Be Resistant to Anti-Viral Drug

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Flu season often peaks in February and March, bringing aches, pains, fevers and chills to many, and in especially severe cases, hospitalization or even death.  Now, new research shows that one strain of the flu virus has become resistant to a commonly used anti-viral drug

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Personal Stories: Why Flu Vaccination Matters

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Each year in the US, nearly 20,000 children under age 5 are hospitalized due to flu-related complications. CDC recommends that children aged six months through 18 years old get a flu vaccination. Moving personal stories help parents and caregivers learn about the dangers of influenza to children and the benefits of vaccination. To view the [&hellip

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Helping Babies Avoid the Flu

Posted in Cold / Flu, Parenting & Pregnancy, Pediatrics

Vaccinating pregnant women against influenza not only protects them against infection, it also helps their infants in the first six months of life, before their own immune response is fully functional.’ That’s the conclusion of a Johns Hopkins study led by Mark Steinhoff

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Flu Vaccine For All Children

Posted in Cold / Flu, Medications, Parenting & Pregnancy, Pediatrics

Everyone between the ages of 6 months and 18 years should be vaccinated against the flu, the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended.  Michael Crocetti, a pediatrician at Johns Hopkins, says new information has spurred this change in policy

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Getting It Right – Flu to Vaccine

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This year’s flu was different than the one the vaccine was made against, so more people got sick. John Bartlett, an infectious disease expert at Johns Hopkins, says such a mistake is also possible when a pandemic emerges

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