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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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Monitoring mumps

Categories: Children's Health  /  Infections  /  News

State and local health officials are urging doctors to keep a watch for possible cases of mumps after three University of Texas at Austin students were diagnosed, and their classmates scattered far and wide as the semester ended this week. Mumps, a viral infection spread by droplets from coughing and sneezing, was common before a vaccine was introduced in 1967. Symptoms can include fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and swelling of salivary glands that produce the trademark puffy cheeks, known as parotitis. But small outbreaks still occur, particularly in large group settings and involving a strain of the virus that doesn’t respond as well to …Read More >

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Cold, flu or allergies?

Categories: Blog  /  Flu  /  Infections  /  Wellness

Many of us are still in a celebratory mood after ringing in the New Year. But for others, it’s been a real struggle trying to get some relief from runny noses, itchy eyes, body aches, coughing and congestion. Could it be you’re dealing with a cold or the flu? Maybe it’s “cedar fever,” the allergic response to the choking haze of mountain cedar pollen, which is most prevalent in South Texas during the winter season. If you’re like me, I suffer from cedar fever every year around this time. I can pretty much recognize the symptoms but not everyone suffers from …Read More >

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