You likely read about the historic and unsettling flu season of 2017-18: In America, some 900,000 people were hospitalized and 80,000 died from the flu and its complications. The 2017-18 flu season was the worst we’ve seen since 2011, when there were 56,000 deaths. By comparison, flu-related deaths during a
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You are likely aware that the 2017-18 flu season was the worst in decades, with an estimated 80,000 flu-linked deaths according to the Centers for Disease Control and and Prevention. The main factor underpinning the outbreak is that the 2017-18 flu vaccine was not as effective as usual against H3N2
Annual flu season is underway, so this month we’re looking at how best you can avoid the flu or, if you catch it, manage the symptoms (see our article, opposite).
You probably know that last year’s flu shot was not as effective as usual, primarily because one of the viruses in
Those at risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may wonder, “Is COPD fatal?” While there is no cure, it’s important to keep in mind that when you’re dealing with COPD signs and symptoms, various treatment approaches can help you avoid complications.
Some strategies are as straightforward as getting immunized against
Pneumonia is an infection in one or both lungs caused by bacteria, a virus (such as the flu virus), or another infectious agent. The severity of pneumonia depends on several factors, including which germ is responsible, and the strength of the individual’s immune system.
When the immune system detects an infection,
Influenza—commonly called the flu—is a viral infection of the respiratory system. It affects the lungs, as well as the whole body. Most people who get the flu come down with it during “flu season,” which runs from November to March. Children are more susceptible to getting the flu, and often
Even though COPD cannot be cured, it can be treated. Treatment is aimed at reducing symptoms, preventing the disease from getting worse, improving the ability to exercise, preventing and treating complications, and preventing and treating exacerbations.
For those with COPD who are current smokers, the most important first step is to
If you had the flu vaccine this year, you may be expecting to get through flu season with just the odd sniffle here and there. But that might not be the case. In December, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that flu activity had increased sharply in
As we get into the annual flu season (it runs from October to May), we no doubt will see advertisements for flu shots at every pharmacy we visit. But the flu shot is just one of several immunizations available to older adults, and even though we may associate routine vaccination
While you may think that most naturopathic doctors are anti-vaccine, the truth is that many licensed NDs do recommend and/or administer vaccinations. As medical students, we learn all about vaccinations and their many benefits, and administer them in our teaching clinics.
I get a flu shot from a local pharmacy every