The flu season is in full effect and it now qualifies as an epidemic in the United States. With all the chatter about vaccine safety and who should or should not get a certain flu shot, it can be hard to know if you should receive the seasonal flu vaccine. So, what’s the bottom line? The CDC recommends that all people over the age of 6 months receive a flu vaccination – with a few exceptions.
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By. Joseph Bresee, M.D., FAAP
Influenza (the ‘flu’) is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs caused by the influenza virus. While the flu can make anyone very sick, people with chronic health conditions like chronic lung diseases such as asthma and COPD, diabetes (types 1 and 2), and chronic heart disease are more likely to develop serious problems from flu illness. The flu can make their chronic health conditions worse, even when those conditions are well-managed. For example, people with asthma may experience asthma attacks while they have the flu. Flu can also lead to flu-related complications like pneumonia and bronchitis that can result in hospitalization and sometimes even death. Each flu season, flu causes hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, and thousands or sometimes tens of thousands of deaths.
In recognition of CDC’s National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), healtheo360 is participating in a blog relay with a “Focus on the Family” theme for NIVW. Each day, one of CDC’s Digital Ambassadors will leverage the holiday season to encourage their readers to focus on protecting the family. You can follow the NIVW conversation on Twitter using hashtag #NIVW2015.
The seasons are changing and at some point during flu season, you might get sick. When you’re sick, the body becomes weak and tries to fight off the infection thus fueling a sick body is crucial to get better. The best way to fight off diseases is drinking plenty of fluids and eating foods that boost the immune system.
CandyBoxImages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The flu is responsible every year for hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths. It's a disease that makes those who work in public health very nervous, according to Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News' chief health and medical editor.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The flu now qualifies as an epidemic in the United States, according to a weekly report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Though the CDC details a small decrease in reported cases, there have been numerous deaths from this year's outbreak, including 45 people in California.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The flu season is in full effect, with more than triple number of states reporting high influenza-like illness compared to last week.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Flu season is here, and federal health officials are urging Americans to get vaccinated.
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