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Here’s Another Important Reason to Get the Flu Vaccine

October 5, 2015

Getting a flu shot may protect you not only from flu, but also from pneumonia, the leading cause of flu-related hospitalizations and deaths, a new study suggests.

Childhood Vaccines Debate Rekindled at GOP Presidential Debate

September 17, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Sept. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Some parents’ long-simmering concerns over the safety of childhood vaccines received unexpected — and, in some quarters, unwelcome — notice during the second Republican presidential candidates’ debate.
While the link between vaccines and autism has long been discredited, an exchange toward the debate’s end addressed a […]

This Year’s Flu Vaccine Should Be Better Match: CDC

September 17, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Sept. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — This year’s flu vaccine should be a better match than last year’s for circulating flu strains, U.S. health officials said Thursday.
Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that in most years, the vaccine is 50 to 60 […]

Flu Shot a Must for Moms-to-Be

September 14, 2015

MONDAY, Sept. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Catching the flu early in pregnancy doubles the risk of having a baby with a serious birth defect, which is why getting a flu shot is so important for women who are expecting, the March of Dimes warns.
But despite the protection offered by flu vaccination, only half of […]

Other People’s Flu Vaccines Help Shield Seniors, Too: Study

September 10, 2015

THURSDAY, Sept. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Getting a flu vaccine doesn’t just protect you — it may also help older folks in your community avoid the miserable illness, new research says.
Higher flu vaccination rates for young and middle-aged adults seem to lower the risk of flu among older people. That’s important because seniors have […]

New Guidelines Call for Kids, Health Care Workers to Get Flu Shots

September 7, 2015

MONDAY, Sept. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — All eligible children and health care workers should get flu shots, according to new policy statements from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
“Parents must consider flu vaccine an essential vaccine for their children,” Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, an AAP spokeswoman, said in a news release from the pediatric […]

Siblings Now Main Source of Infants’ Whooping Cough: CDC

September 7, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Sept. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — When babies come down with whooping cough, the odds are good that a sibling is the source, new research reveals.
That’s a change from years past, when mothers were most often the source. But the shift is not surprising, said study author Tami Skoff, an investigator […]

Despite Pockets of Resistance, Most U.S. Kids Getting Vaccinated

August 27, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — More than nine out of 10 U.S. children entered kindergarten last school year protected with the proper immunizations, federal health officials reported Thursday.
But, vaccination rates continue to lag in a number of states — a worrisome finding, especially in light of the recent measles outbreak, […]

Flu Vaccines Offer About 6 Months of Protection, Study Finds

August 26, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Flu vaccines offer moderate protection throughout most of the flu season, a new study shows.
The research included more than 1,700 Americans of all ages. The participants all got flu shots. The researchers followed them for four flu seasons, from 2010-2011 through 2013-2014.
Annual flu shots offered up to six […]

Scientists One Step Closer to a Flu Shot That Lasts Your Whole Life

August 25, 2015

Researchers have made progress in their efforts to develop a long-lasting universal flu vaccine that one day might eliminate the need for people to get flu shots every year, a new study reports.


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