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Flu season is near — and it could be a bad one

Categories: Children's Health  /  Flu  /  Infections  /  News  /  Pregnancy

Flu season is just around the corner, and experts predict it could be a bad one. In the Southern Hemisphere, which has an earlier season, the number of lab-confirmed influenza cases was more than double the previous year. In Australia, the virus hit early and sickened record numbers in some areas. “They’re right to be worried about what happened in the Southern Hemisphere,” said Dr. Jason Bowling, an infectious disease specialist at UT Health San Antonio and Hospital Epidemiologist at University Health System. “We could be seeing a bad flu season here this year. We haven’t had one in a …Read More >

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CDC recommends rapid antiviral use in suspected flu patients

Categories: Flu  /  Infections  /  News

This year’s flu vaccine is less protective than most years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. They recommend that doctors begin treating suspected flu patients with antiviral drugs immediately, even before tests confirm an infection. The vaccine reduces the risk of having to go to the doctor by only 23 percent, the CDC reported. Since they began tracking that statistic in 2004-2005, health officials have found flu shot protection in any given flu season ranges from 10 percent to 60 percent. The viruses targeted by each year’s flu vaccine are picked months before flu actually hits. This …Read More >

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