Flu Vaccinations: Yield Big Benefits

Annual deaths in the U.S. from influenza ranged between 3,000 and 49,000 each year from 1976 to 2007. A significant portion of the sickness and death associated with this common illness could be prevented by immunizations. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that during the 2012-1013 flu season, immunizations prevented 79,000 (17%) hospitalizations and 6.6 million…

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Flu Got You Down?

Influenza is hitting the United States harder this year than in some past years. If you or a family member have it, here are five simple things you should do: Stay home to encourage healing and protect others from exposure. Rest as much as possible. Drink plenty of fluids, especially water. Eat sparingly and lightly:…

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Protect Yourself from the Flu

Flu season is here! Although there are no guarantees that you will never get the flu, here are some PositiveTips that will help:

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Flu Immunizations Help Keep Kids Out of the Hospital

Want to keep your child out of the hospital even if they get the flu? A single pediatric dose of the H1N1 vaccine administered at least 14 days before diagnosis was 85% effective at keeping the kids out of hospital according to Canadian research. A single dose is suboptimal, but in an emergency can be…

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Obesity Decreases Flu Fighting “Memory”

Obesity is seen as an independent risk factor for the H1N1 flu virus.New research in obese mice strongly suggests they are far more susceptible to secondary infections (i.e. pneumonia). It seems that the excess weight interferes with the immune system's ability to "remember" how to fight off previous similar infections. This kind of "memory" is…

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Childrens’ Flu Vaccines Benefit the Whole Community

Research among more than 40 Hutterite colonies in Canada found that when children from 3 to 15 years old are immunized against the flu, there was a 61% lower flu rate among the unvaccinated community members. By immunizing the children the entire community was significantly benefited. This study suggests that children and adolescents play an…

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Household Transmission of 2009 H1N1 Flu

While many "top" issues could be listed, the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic has received enormous press in both the medical and lay press. This epidemic has taught us a great deal. As of this date, there have been fewer deaths than from previous flu pandemics--and that is the good news! A new analysis of household…

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Fruits and Vegetables Really Do Matter!

Many of us are still waiting for the swine-flu vaccine to reach our locality. Are there foods we should be eating to help us fight off infections and disease? Absolutely! A lot of research is demonstrating that a nutrient-rich diet is necessary to help effectively fight off disease. How can we be assured we are…

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A Reason to Be Thankful: Flu Activity has Dipped

Happy Thanksgiving! PositiveChoices.com staff hopes you are enjoying a healthy and pleasant day.There is good news on the U.S. flu scene this week: a downward trend in influenza activity. The question is, will it last? We hope so. CDC has started a four-point campaign to advise travelers as follows:Travel only if well.Wash hands often with…

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Does Hand Washing and Face Masks Prevent H1N1 Spread at Home?

Does hand hygiene and wearing surgical face masks prevent household transmission of 2009 H1N1 influenza? A new Hong Kong study found that indeed these measures when implemented early after symptom onset seemed to curtail transmission to other members of the family. The control group received healthy dietary and lifestyle advice. Another group were educated by a…

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