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Seasonal Flu Vaccine Even Less Effective Than Thought: CDC

February 26, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Feb. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — This year’s flu vaccine is even more disappointing than previously reported, showing just 18 percent effectiveness against the dominant H3N2 strain of flu, health officials reported Thursday.
That’s a drop from the 23 percent protection level estimated for the flu shot earlier in the season, said […]


A Doctor’s Advice, a Patient’s Race Influence Flu Shot Rates

February 24, 2015

TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A doctor’s recommendation and a patient’s race may play a big role in whether or not people get an annual flu shot, new research reveals.
Researchers from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit surveyed about 475 patients and found that 90 percent of them followed through on a doctor’s advice […]


California Reports No New Measles Cases Since Last Update

February 24, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — In a sign that the measles outbreak that began at two Disneyland theme parks in California last December may be easing, California health officials reported Monday no new cases since their last update on Friday.
The total number of measles cases in California now stands at […]


Measles Cases Pass 150 Mark, CDC Says

February 23, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The number of people infected with measles has increased slightly to 154 patients in 17 states and the District of Columbia, U.S. health officials reported Monday.
Last week, the number of cases was 141, officials said.
The outbreak began at two Disney theme parks in southern California […]


Reminders From States May Boost Timely Vaccination Rates

February 23, 2015

MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A centralized statewide reminder system for immunizations may be a more reliable way to increase overall vaccination rates than reminders from the doctor’s office, new research suggests.
Efforts to get primary care physicians to reach out to parents with timely reminders about childhood vaccinations haven’t worked very well, the […]


Measles Can Rob a Child’s Sight, Doctors Warn

February 20, 2015

By Maureen SalomonHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — In the midst of the current resurgence of measles across the United States, many people may still believe it’s a harmless, transient disease.
But experts warn that even before the telltale skin rash appears, the infection typically shows up in the eyes. In rare cases, measles […]


Study Ties Shingles Virus to Dangerous Blood Vessel Disease in Elderly

February 18, 2015

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) — New research links the virus behind chickenpox and shingles to a blood vessel condition that afflicts the elderly and can sometimes be deadly.
The study doesn’t prove that the so-called varicella zoster virus causes the condition, known as giant cell arteritis. But study author Dr. Don […]


Seasonal Flu Vaccine May Protect Against Deadly Bird Flu

February 17, 2015

TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Seasonal flu vaccines trigger immune system protection against the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus, a new study reveals.
This strain of bird flu, which emerged in China in 2013, kills nearly one-third of people infected with it, the researchers noted.
“We have clear evidence that a normal immune response to […]


Measles Cases Continue to Rise Across the United States

February 17, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The number of measles cases in the United States has reached 141 patients in 17 states and the District of Columbia, federal health officials reported Tuesday.
The outbreak began at two Disney theme parks in southern California in December, the CDC says, and it’s believed that […]


Flu Sending Record Numbers of Elderly to the Hospital: CDC

February 13, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Feb. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — While the flu season continues to show signs that it has peaked, it is hitting those over 65 the hardest, sending record numbers of older Americans to the hospital, U.S. health officials reported Friday.
Seniors may be hit harder by influenza this year because the predominant […]




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