Posts Tagged ‘flu vaccine’

What you need to know about this year’s flu

As you have probably heard, this year’s flu season is here and it’s gonna be ugly. The predominant “A” strain circulating is a mutant strain for which the current vaccine provides little protection. But here are five things you may not know: 1. Flu symptoms start with high fever (often 102 F or above), fatigue, and […]

CDC Says Flu is ‘Widespread’. Now What?

If you turned on the news this week, you likely saw the big headlines about flu. It’s here and, according to the Centers for Disease Control, it’s widespread in 25 states. If this is any indication of what to expect this year, it’s going to be a long flu season. So, what should you do? […]

Flu is here.

It’s that time again. The influenza viruses (both A and B strains) are making their cross country tour. Unlike last year’s really strange H1N1, this year is shaping up to be a pretty typical flu season. The southern states and atlantic states are in full flu swing with Alabama and Louisiana having the highest number […]

Flu vaccine…it's that time again.

Medical offices and pharmacies usually receive their flu vaccine shipments in October. This year, we got a pleasant surprise: early shipments of flu vaccine are here and ready to go. My office already has plenty of the nasal spray version (Flumist)—we are still waiting on the flu shots. So, here are 10 things you need […]

CDC says: Tamiflu only for the sickest

With Tamiflu flying off the pharmacists' shelves, it was only a matter of time before the Centers for Disease Control stepped in to offer new treatment and prevention guidelines for H1N1 virus. The concern: If Tamiflu and other antivirals are used excessively, the H1N1 virus has a chance to develop drug resistance. And if that […]

H1N1 flu—CDC stops counting

Well, we have reached a new milestone today with H1N1 virus (aka Swine Flu). It's so widespread now that it is no longer accurate for the Centers for Disease Control to keep posting the number of confirmed/probable cases on a daily/weekly basis. So, the final count stands at 43,771 cases and 302 deaths. From now […]

Is there a vaccine for swine flu? Question of the day.

Short answer: No. There is a vaccine for pigs, but not one for humans currently. It will take about FOUR months for a vaccine manufacturer to produce a vaccine against this particular H1N1 Swine influenza virus. So, you can't go to your local megamart or doctor's office to get a flu shot against swine flu. […]