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Flu Shots

A Few Flu Facts

Nathan Risinger | Posted 02.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Nathan Risinger

On the surface, the flu vaccine seems like a no-brainer. History has shown us influenza can be a devastating and lethal disease worth attempting to control if not eradicate. However, looking more closely, we find that these apparent no-brainers do, in fact, present complicated policy questions.

FIRED For Refusing A Flu Shot?

Posted 12.14.2012 | HuffPost Live 321

With a potentially severe flu season on the horizon, healthcare workers at some hospitals have been ordered to get the flu vaccine. Kay Miller, a para...

Anti-Vaccine Vitriol: Seeking Reason

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.09.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I stand by my support for the flu vaccine. Reasonable people might disagree -- and when they do, I will listen to them and encourage others to do likewise. Not so those who renounce reason altogether, and in its place offer only vitriol.

Flu Me Once

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.06.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Familiarity breeds contempt, or at least complacency, and perhaps the annual return of influenza has induced that response. Perhaps that's why we seem to be dismissive of this germ, and overlook what a serious illness it can be. But that tendency is at our peril.

10,000 Watchdogs Stand Guard Against the Flu

Julielynn Wong, M.D. | Posted 01.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Julielynn Wong, M.D.

A free website and mobile app -- called Flu Near You -- helps people find nearby places to get a flu shot, enrolls people to act as flu watchdogs, and allows them to track flu activity in their neighborhood so they can protect their loved ones.

Sensing Sniffles? New Ways To Avoid Catching A Cold This Season

Posted 10.22.2012 | Healthy Living

You knew it was coming: Flu season's back, and there's no telling how mild or wild it will be (remember swine flu?). "The severity of each season ...

Flu Shots May Not Protect The Elderly Or The Very Young

| Posted 12.18.2012 | Healthy Living

By Melinda Wenner Moyer (Click here for the original article) Every year around this time, 120 million Americans roll up their sleeves to get thei...

Flu Psychology: Who Risks What for Whom?

Wray Herbert | Posted 10.27.2012 | Science
Wray Herbert

Young people can learn to act in the overall interest of society. If they are made to understand the flu's risks and benefits and the idea of herd immunity, they may be motivated to get vaccinated for someone else's benefit.

Secrets Of Women Who Don't Get Sick

CNN Health | Posted 01.02.2012 | Women

Ever wonder why you always seem to come down with a life-interrupting virus this time of year, while other women you know sail through the season snif...

Boooooooo! What Tricks, Treats Terrify You?

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 12.24.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

It's the season of Halloween, or maybe Dia de Los Muertos, and besides carving pumpkins, loading up on mini-bags of peanut M&Ms and thinking lots about the dead, we also pause at this time of year to, sort of, celebrate our fears.

As Kids Head to College, Keep a Healthy Focus

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 10.08.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

What can parents do for their teens' continuing good health -- besides fretting and wringing their hands -- as they head off to colleges and universities across the country?

FDA OKs Flu Vaccine For Coming Season

AP | Posted 09.17.2011 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration said Monday it has approved the new flu vaccine for the season beginning this year. Each year the FDA ...

Flu Vaccine Production To Double By 2015: WHO

Posted 09.13.2011 | Healthy Living

Global production of seasonal flu vaccine is expected to double to 1.7 billion doses by 2015, with 11 new manufacturers coming onstream in develop...

Flu Shots: Public Health Begins With You

William Schaffner, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
William Schaffner, M.D.

One person's illness puts the health of the entire community at risk. This year, the national struggle to revamp our health care system has spotlighted the link between personal and public health.

Flu Shots: Panacea or Propaganda?

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mark Hyman, MD

Vaccinations are a medical procedure and should be subject to the same standard of evidence and rigorous scientific inquiry before strong recommendations are made for their global application by government institutions.

WARNING: Don't Mix Flu Shots With Other Vaccines

Dr. Bob Sears | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Bob Sears

Make sure you get the flu shot without any other simultaneous vaccines. Why? Because scientists haven't studied what the side effects might be when the flu shot is given at the same time as any other vaccines.

Pregnant Women Urged To Get Flu Shots

AP | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON — Flu season may not sound as scary for pregnant women this year as last – but they're still at high risk and need that shot, s...

Docs Told To Avoid 1 Flu Shot Brand For Small Kids

AP | MIKE STOBBE | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

ATLANTA — A government panel is recommending doctors steer clear of giving one brand of flu vaccine to young children this year because of convu...

Microneedles May Make Getting Flu Shots Easier

AP | RANDOLPH E. SCHMID | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON — One day your annual flu shot could come in the mail. At least that's the hope of researchers developing a new method of vaccine de...

Vaccination: A Conversation Worth Having

Bill Maher | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bill Maher

Vaccination is a nuanced subject, and I've never said all vaccines in all situations are bad. The point I am representing is: Is getting frequent vaccinations for any and all viruses consequence-free?

Google Flu Shot Finder Helps You Find A | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

They've been working with the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services to develop a tool for locating flu shot providers near you, located at goo...

Flu Shots To Be Offered At Midway, O'Hare

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Health officials are offering flu shots at both of Chicago's airports....

New Jersey To Require Mandatory Kidney Donation

Kim Stagliano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kim Stagliano

The Garden State has passed a law that requires all healthy citizens to donate one kidney by age 45. Yes, the Garden State plans to reap your kidney. The law is called "Kidney2Me."

The Flu That's Swept The Nation: Symptoms, Vaccines And Relief

ABC News | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Thanks to a particularly virulent strain of the flu, this year's flu season has been one of the worst doctors can remember. Packed emergency rooms, e...