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How well did the influenza vaccine do this year?

I know we are hyperfocused on our current pandemia and rightfully so. I recently came across an article discussing the effectiveness of the influenza vaccine for this past season. According to a Feb. 21 CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the current … Continue reading

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How is the flu hitting your region? Nevada is in the RED!

How is the flu hitting your region? Nevada is in the RED!  (See the attached USA flu map of influenza-like activity for the week ending January 13, 2018) What can you do?  Get the flu vaccine.  Stay home if you … Continue reading

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If you have heart disease you SHOULD GET A FLU VACCINE!

Okay, the capitals may have been too much… but studies have shown that the influenza vaccination may reduce death from cardiovascular disease. Observational studies have shown an association between receipt of the flu vaccine and a lower risk of cardiovascular … Continue reading

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Stop using nasal flu vaccine

In a stop-the-presses media blast, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee has voted to stop the use of the live attenuated influenza  (nasal flu) vaccine for this 2016-2017 flu season.   The recommendations state that “no live attenuated … Continue reading

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Do YOU (and your kids) really need the flu vaccine?

The low-down on this is that influenza often kills those who are otherwise well. Also, the flu can be fatal to children. The CDC found that 830 kids died from flu-related complications between 2004 and 2012 and most of those … Continue reading

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Flu vaccines may prevent heart attacks, too!

Immunization against the influenza lowered the probability of heart attack by 45%.  This Australian study  recently published in the journal Heart. It is thought that acute infections, such as influenza, cause an increased production of disease-fighting inflammatory proteins.  It is … Continue reading

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Flu vaccine decreases heart attacks!

JAMA recently combined the results of many studies which in over 6000 patients it was shown that  receiving influenza vaccination lowers the risk of cardiovascular events ( like heart attacks or strokes).  The benefit was even more pronounced in patients … Continue reading

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Pregnant ladies. Have you come in for your flu vaccine yet?

It’s not too late for the flu vaccine for this year!  The flu vaccine in pregnancy has been shown to benefit both the pregnant woman and the fetus in a few different ways. Duke University did a study of 1600+ women showing those who … Continue reading

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Flu vaccines are in at my office!

I frequently hear from my patients “I don’t get the flu” or  “The flu shot gave me the flu.”  I am armed with some CDC updates which, hopefully, will debunk some myths. The “flu” is a respiratory virus which causes … Continue reading

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Roll up your sleeves or smell the. . . .flu vaccine!

Who should get the influenza vaccine? Everyone older than 6 months. It is especially important that high risk individuals get the flu vaccine Who is “high risk?” Pregnant women Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years … Continue reading

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