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Flu Shots

  • Flu Vaccine Coverage Remains Low This Year
    As of early November, only about 2 out of 5 people in the United States reported having gotten this season’s flu vaccine, yet flu vaccine offered substantial benefit last season by preventing an estimated 5 million flu illnesses and 71,000 flu hospitalizations. The ...More
    December 9, 2016 Posted in News
  • Flu Season and Vaccines: What You Need to Know
    Approximately 970,000 Americans were hospitalized due to the flu in 2014, and more than 40 million were affected by flu-related illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition to symptoms including sore throat, aches and fever, the ...More
    December 9, 2016 Posted in News
  • Survey Shows Only Half of People Plan to Get Flu Shots This Year
    Americans are split on getting an annual flu shot, with four out of 10 having done so in the past year and around half saying they had already received or were planning to get the vaccine this year, according to new national survey data analyzed by University of Georgia ...More
    December 6, 2016 Posted in News
  • 54-Year-Old 'Nonbeliever' Gets His Flu Shot After Close Call With H1N1
    Like many people his age, Jerry Lucier, 54, of Northville, Mich. never got the flu shot. Then, in April, he almost died as a result of an H1N1 flu infection and was transferred by medical helicopter to the ECMO unit at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Mich. ...More
    November 1, 2016 Posted in News
  • Parents Cite Lack of Need as Reason for Not Getting Kids Their Flu Shots
    Despite the fact that influenza leads to more hospitalizations and deaths among children than any other vaccine-preventable disease, parents frequently decline vaccinating their children against influenza because they don’t perceive the need, according to a new ...More
    September 29, 2016 Posted in News
  • Flu Nasal Spray Provides Similar Protection Against Influenza as Flu Shot
    A study led by McMaster University researchers has found that, contrary to recent reports, flu nasal sprays provide similar protection against influenza as standard flu shots. ...More
    August 16, 2016 Posted in News
  • Distraction Techniques Can Soothe Shot Anxiety During This Year's Flu Season
    A typical visit to the pediatrician when it is time for a child to get a shot can include tears, tantrums and might not seem worth the trouble. But with the FluMist not being offered by many physicians this year due to ineffectiveness, doctors at Nationwide Children’s ...More
    August 10, 2016 Posted in News
  • Flu Shot Associated With Fewer Hospitalizations in Patients With Heart Failure
    The flu shot is associated with a reduced risk of hospitalization in patients with heart failure, according to research presented in a late-breaking trial session at Heart Failure 2016 and the 3rd World Congress on Acute Heart Failure. The study in about 60,000 patients ...More
    May 23, 2016 Posted in News
  • Flu Vaccine Nearly 60 Percent Effective According to Preliminary CDC Data
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported preliminary overall influenza vaccine effectiveness (VE) of 59 percent this season. These data were presented at a meeting of the agency's Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) in Atlanta. This ...More
    February 25, 2016 Posted in News
  • A Shot in the Arm for Flu Vaccine Distribution
    Each fall, doctors stress the importance of getting a flu shot; influenza is the most frequent cause of death from a vaccine-preventable disease in the United States. But on-time delivery of the vaccine can be tenuous, and there can be shortages during times of peak demand, ...More
    February 19, 2016 Posted in News
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