It’s not just you who felt “a little something coming on” right when you thought flu season was behind you — so did millions of Americans across the country.
It’s true: flu season is far from over. There’s a more severe strain of influenza spreading across the U.S. at the moment, and everyone is at risk — including the lucky ones who have already been slammed with the flu once this year (sorry, but it’s totally possible to contract it twice in a single season).
So go ahead and get vaccinated (if you haven’t yet), keep your hands clean, chug water, get lots of sleep, hit the gym, and eat your greens. And if you want to be extra careful, invest in these humidifiers to keep the air in your house fresh and moist. They’re all on sale for an extra 15% off with the code MADNESS15. Read more…
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Of the 63 American children killed by the flu virus so far this season, just 13 had been vaccinated.
Top government doctors — including the Surgeon General, Secretary of Health and Human Services, and acting head of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — found this lack of vaccination so alarming that late Thursday afternoon they offered a joint briefing on the matter.
“Getting a flu shot is the same kind of sensible prevention as buckling your seatbelt,” said Health Secretary Alex Azar.
Before today, the effectiveness of this season’s vaccine wasn’t officially known, but now the CDC says the vaccine is 36 percent effective, overall. Read more…
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Top doctors at the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to report more grim news about this year’s severe flu season, largely due to a particularly nasty strain of the virus.
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In 1968, scientists discovered a new strain of flu circulating around Hong Kong. The virus, though, didn’t stay put. It soon left Asia and turned into a proper pandemic, traveling around the globe and killing one million people worldwide, including 100,000 in the United States that season.
The deadly virus struck in the U.S. when it usually does, during winter. That year, “kids didn’t care about when Santa came,” remembers Susan Donelan, who is now a medical director and assistant professor of infectious disease at Stony Brook University’s School of Medicine.
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There’s a potent flu virus infecting Americans this influenza season — even healthy people including a marathon runner and bodybuilder have become seriously ill. But although the flu shot isn’t so effective this year, the vaccine will still probably spare you from the most severe symptoms, hospitalization, or at worst, death.
Like most flu seasons, there are a few strains circulating around the country right now, but one of these — dubbed H3N2 – is notably vicious. At worst, it’s taken the lives of children and healthy adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes there is “widespread” flu activity in nearly every region it monitors around the country, and H3N2 was the most frequently identified strain reported as of mid-January. Read more…
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The coldest air of the season will soon smack the Midwest and East Coast, dramatically dropping temperatures and rudely establishing that winter is here. The Arctic chill will arrive between Dec. 8 and 11, and could persist in some areas straight through Christmas.
Given such an abrupt shift in weather, especially since the fall was much milder-than-average across the country, one might think that it’s going to be easier to get sick as soon as the cold air hits. Many people think that they’re more susceptible to the common cold or the flu during periods of shifting weather conditions.
However, experts say this is probably not the case — or at least, it’s difficult to prove. Read more…
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