Monthly Archives: August 2012

Flu Vaccine Is Important If You Have Heart Disease

It is important for everyone — regardless of age — to get a flu vaccine. But if you’ve been diagnosed with a heart condition, it is especially vital that you protect yourself with a vaccine. Some people believe that flu deaths only occur in the elderly or people with preexisting respiratory illnesses. While deaths are common among these groups, people with heart disease are also at risk. Continue reading

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Accurately Diagnosing the Flu

Some doctors can distinguish between the flu and other illnesses by examining symptoms and conducting a physical examination. But when the cause isn’t clear, a doctor may use flu test kits. This is when a doctor swabs the back of the throat, and then tests samples for the flu virus. These tests are relatively quick and results are available within minutes. Continue reading

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Flu Vaccine vs. Healthy Living

There isn’t a definitive answer to this question. Yes, many people who adopt a healthy lifestyle successfully avert the flu, season-after-season. But a strong immune system isn’t always enough to stop the flu virus. The flu virus is airborne and it can live on surfaces for several hours. Thus, being in contact with someone who coughs or sneezes increases your risk. Repeated exposure to the virus can break down your immune system, thus causing you to get sick. Continue reading

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How Effective is the Flu Vaccine?

While side effects are common with the flu vaccine, it’s important to note that the flu vaccine does not cause illness. Yes, you may experience soreness in the injection site and maybe a sore throat or fatigue afterwards. However, these side effects are rarely serious and disappear within two days. Continue reading

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Flu Vaccine Strategies for Kids

Most parents know the importance of giving their children a flu vaccine each year. But while a vaccination reduces the chances of getting the flu, convincing kids to get a flu shot is challenging. Continue reading

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Flu Vaccine Keeps Your Family Safe

o ensure the health of your family, everyone should receive a flu vaccine before flu season — preferably before November. There are multiple options. Most people receive a shot in the arm, but you can discuss the nasal spray with your doctor. Some people aren’t good candidates for nasal vaccination, such as pregnant women and children under the age of two. Continue reading

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3 Myths About the Flu Vaccine

Opinions regarding the flu vaccine vary. Some people swear by the vaccination and never skip a year. But others are skeptical and feel that the flu shot isn’t necessary. The more information you know about the Influenza vaccination, the better. Rather than listen to others and allow these comments to shape your opinion, consider the truth about the flu vaccine. Continue reading

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The JCVI’s Changed Stance on the Flu Vaccine

The JCVI has now stated that all UK schoolchildren between the ages of 2 and 17 will be offered the flu vaccine. Interestingly, this decision to offer the vaccine is not based on the numbers of cases of children who have come down with the flu over the last few years. Continue reading

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Make All Those Hours of Training Count

In some ways, the work after medical school is far easier than the actual training process. However, one of the largest differences between being a student, and being in charge of your own practice, is the need to keep your medical supplies stocked. Continue reading

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Healthcare Workers and the Flu Vaccine

But while doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers may preach the importance of a flu vaccine, some might neglect to get a shot themselves. Continue reading

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