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Surprising Racial Disparities Found In Flu Vaccine Rates

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 03.02.2015 | Healthy Living

This year's flu strain was particularly brutal, disproportionately affecting children and the elderly. A record-breaking rate of 217 of every 100,000 ...

Flu Vaccine Barely Working This Year, CDC Says

TODAY.com | Maggie Fox | Posted 01.16.2015 | Healthy Living

The flu vaccine is barely protecting people this year – reducing the risk of serious disease by just 23 percent, federal health officials said Thurs...

This Year's Flu Vaccine Is Only 23 Percent Effective

AP | MIKE STOBBE | Posted 01.15.2015 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK (AP) — As predicted, this year's flu vaccine is doing a pretty crummy job. Health officials say a new study shows it's only 23 percent effe...

Health Officials Fear This Flu Season Will Be An Unusually Nasty One

AP | By MIKE STOBBE | Posted 03.07.2015 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK (AP) — The flu is now widespread in all but seven states, and hospitalization rates match the dismal season two years ago. While health off...

How To Be A Survivor: Flu Season 2014-15

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 02.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

This year, since the flu shot may not contain the proper viral particles, everyone, but especially those with compromised immune systems, needs to be more aware of their risk for developing the flu. Here are five tips to be a flu survivor this season.

The Flu Myth That Nearly Half Of Americans Still Believe

Reuters | Posted 02.08.2015 | Healthy Living

By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - More than 40 percent of a sample of U.S. adults believe the myth that flu vaccines can give you th...

Flu Vaccine Doesn't Protect Against This Season's Most Dominant Strain

AP | By MIKE STOBBE | Posted 02.03.2015 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK (AP) — The flu vaccine may not be very effective this winter, according to U.S. health officials who worry this may lead to more serious il...

10 Good Reasons To Get A Flu Shot

Posted 11.30.2014 | Healthy Living

By Melaina Juntti for Men's Journal How many times have you heard you should get a flu shot? There's good reason for the hype: Over the past few ye...

This ‘Brilliant' New Technology Could Spell The Demise Of The Flu Shot

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.28.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Ever tire of the annual needle prick in your arm to prevent the flu? There may be good news. HuffPost Live discussed a new technology that could elimi...

The One Thing Every New Yorker Can Do To Help The Ebola Crisis

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 10.24.2014 | Healthy Living

Many New Yorkers understandably want to help in the wake of the first diagnosed case of Ebola in the city. But the very best step to take might sound ...

The Psychological Choice Environment of Vaccine Decision Making: Two Examples, One Warning

David Ropeik | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
David Ropeik

When Edward Jenner proposed to the parents of 8-year-old James Phipps the risky idea that rubbing some stuff from sick cows onto the young lad might p...

6 Things You Should Never Touch At Work During Flu Season

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Beth Levine | Posted 10.14.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com Hack! Sneeze! Cough! Cough again! Gaaaaaacck. It’s that time of year again, when cold, flu, and stomach bugs see...

Jeffrey Young

A Deadly Virus Is Sweeping America. No, Not That One

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 10.13.2014 | Business

A deadly virus is poised to sweep across America and could claim thousands of lives this year. It's especially dangerous for the most vulnerable membe...

Do-It-Yourself Flu Shots Seem To Work In New Study

AP | MARILYNN MARCHIONE | Posted 10.09.2014 | Healthy Living

Do-it-yourself flu vaccine? It could happen. Military folks who squirted vaccine up their noses were as well-protected as others who got it from healt...

Ouchless Flu in 2014-2015: Nasal Flu Spray Recommended For Young Children

Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, FAAP | Posted 12.01.2014 | Parents
Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, FAAP

It's flu "shot" season, but thankfully, not every vaccine hurts going in. If the thought of needles deters you from getting the vaccine for your child or your family, Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine (LAIV), a nasal spray, is a great option for those age 2 to 49 years old.

Vaccination Options Available to Seniors this Flu Season

Jim T. Miller | Posted 11.24.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Depending on your health, age and personal preference, there's a buffet of flu shots available to seniors this flu season, along with two vaccinations for pneumonia that you should consider getting too.

The Best Time To Get The Flu Vaccine If You Really Don't Want To Get Sick

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 09.18.2014 | Healthy Living

It's not even technically fall yet, and everywhere we look there's another pharmacy offering the flu vaccine. Maybe we're in a bit of denial that s...

Doctors Recommend Flu Shot For All Pregnant Women

Posted 08.20.2014 | Parents

By: Elizabeth Palermo, Staff Writer Published: 08/19/2014 05:22 PM EDT on LiveScience Pregnant women should get the flu shot, regardless of how ...

We Must Inoculate Against Senioritis

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 05.10.2014 | College
Rebecca Joseph

You would think colleges would send out senioritis alerts to remind those of you who have been accepted that you still have work to do. But they do not. Freshman through junior years get you in; senior year performance keeps you in.

A Good Reason To Get Your Flu Shot

Posted 02.11.2014 | Healthy Living

If flu cases seen at Duke University Hospital so far this season are any indication, it pays to get your flu shot. Researchers from Duke examined t...

Flu Can Be Deadly: Ask Rachel

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 03.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

We don't think of flu as a life-threatening illness in otherwise healthy young or middle age adults, yet it is. In a bad flu season as many as 50,000 deaths may occur due to flu related illnesses.

2013-2014 Flu Is Here

Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, FAAP | Posted 03.12.2014 | Parents
Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, FAAP

The more we know more about flu in our community, the better we can work to protect our families. There's no question that the clinic was full of coughs and colds yesterday!

How Technology Can Fight the Flu

Mark Headd | Posted 02.22.2014 | Technology
Mark Headd

Whether the 2013-14 flu season will be as severe as the previous year remains to be seen. What we do know is that civic app developers in cities across the country will be better equipped than before the help mitigate the problem by leveraging a new standard for data on flu shot locations.

The Number Of Flu Illnesses Prevented Last Season Thanks To The Flu Shot

Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

About 6.6 million people who would have gotten sick during the 2012-2013 flu season, didn't, thanks to the flu shot, according to a new government rep...

Why You Need a Flu Shot

A. Marc Gillinov, M.D. | Posted 02.02.2014 | Healthy Living
A. Marc Gillinov, M.D.

When you get vaccinated, you protect both yourself and the people around you. If you don't get the flu, you can't "gift" it to your family and friends.