Sep 23

Tobacco use and Influenza

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When you’re thinking about quitting use of tobacco – today is the time to take the appropriate steps to do so. o  Some scientific research studies show an increase in influenza infections among smokers compared to nonsmokers. o  There is a higher mortality rate for smokers than nonsmokers from influenza Additional respiratory health consequences – [...]

Sep 22

Older Americans More Likely to Be Hit Harder by the Flu

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Vaccination Can Save Your Life Older Americans have been around the block several times and know plenty about surviving life’s challenges – big and small. But one challenge that many will face this and every flu season is “influenza,” which might present more than a minor setback. For most individuals , getting influenza, widely known [...]

Sep 21

On the Front Line –  Nurses Urged to Get Influenza Vaccination

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It’s been said that “nurses are the heartbeat of the health care system.” Without them, the system couldn’t survive. Sometimes, nevertheless, in their dedication to caring for others, nurses may forget to take care of themselves. This, too, can significantly burden the healthcare system, especially when nurses catch the flu. Statistics show that fewer than [...]

Sep 20

How NOT to Win Friends and InFLUence Individuals

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Spread the word about the flu vaccine, not the virus If you’ve ever had influenza, or “the flu,” you know it is far worse than the common cold. and while you lay in bed, exhausted, suffering from fever, body aches and dreadful congestion for a week or so, you probably wondered who to blame for [...]

Sep 19

Protect your Child from Flu – Get Him Vaccinated … and the Babysitter, Too!

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You’ve done your homework, researching and interviewing to find the best care for your child, but is your caregiver – nanny, babysitter, daycare worker or family member – protected against the flu? Flu takes a big toll on young children. Yearly in the United States, an typicalof 20,000 kids younger than 5 are hospitalized because [...]

Sep 18

Free Flu Poster –  Steps to Fight the Flu

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Flu is a serious infectious disease. Each year in the United States, on typical- o  More than 200,000 individuals  are hospitalized from flu complications. o  20,000 of those hospitalized are children younger than 5 years old. o  36,000 individuals  die from flu. Take action to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu. The [...]

Sep 17

Transmission of Influenza Viruses from Animals to People

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Influenza A viruses are found in many different animals, including ducks, chickens, pigs, whales, horses and seals. Influenza B viruses circulate widely only among humans. Influenza A viruses are divided into subtypes based on two proteins on the surface of the virus –  the hemagglutinin (H) and the neuraminidase (N). There are 16 different hemagglutinin [...]

Sep 16

How the Flu Virus Can Change –  ”Drift” and “Shift”

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Influenza viruses can change in two different ways. One is called “antigenic drift.” These are small changes in the virus that happen continually over time. Antigenic drift produces new virus strains that might not be recognized by the body’s immune system. This process works as follows –  a individuals infected with a particular flu virus [...]

Sep 15

Types of Influenza Viruses

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There are three kinds of flu viruses –  A, B and C. Influenza A and B viruses cause seasonal epidemics of disease nearly every winter in the U.S.. Influenza kind C infections cause a mild respiratory disease and aren’t thought to cause epidemics. Influenza A viruses are divided into subtypes based on two proteins on [...]

Sep 14

Misconceptions about the flu shot

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Can the flu shot give you the flu? No, the flu shot can’t cause flu disease.  The three flu viruses contained in the flu vaccine are each inactivated (killed), which means they can’t cause infection. Flu vaccine manufacturers kill the viruses used in the vaccine during the process of making vaccine, and batches of flu [...]