CDC Issues Health Advisory Over ‘Low Vaccination Rates’ Across US

The CDC sent out the alert on Dec. 14 regarding vaccines for COVID-19, RSV, and the flu.

After COVID killed off a flu strain, annual flu shots are in for a redesign

ARS TECHNICA – Vaccine advisers for the Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously (12 to 0) Thursday to remove, "as soon as possible," a component of annual flu shots that targets a strain of the virus that appears to have gone extinct amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The vote follows a similar recommendation from the World Health Organization last week, which stated that "every effort should be made to exclude this component as soon as possible." Exactly...

They Left The Doctor’s Sicker Than When They Went In

A new study has found that patients exposed to the flu at their primary care physician’s office were 31.8% more likely than unexposed patients to revisit with the flu within two weeks.

4 In 10 Americans Reject Flu Shot

More than 4 in 10 Americans aren't sure about or aren't planning on getting a flu shot this year, a new survey found, in a worrying trend public health experts say could exacerbate a worse-than-average flu season.

Fauci Explains “Harmless” J&J Vaccine

During a White House briefing on Monday, President Joe Biden's chief medical advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, explained exactly how each of the three approved coronavirus vaccines take effect.

More Blacks Kill Selves During Pandemic

Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say fatal drug overdoses nationwide have surged roughly 20% during the pandemic, killing more than 83,000 people in 2020.

Whatever Happened To The Flu?

Health experts said that high vaccination rates against the flu – combined with social distancing, mask-wearing and hand-washing employed to stop the spread of the coronavirus – played a huge role in preventing influenza transmission.

Expect Huge Influenza Rebound When COVID-19 Ends

Watch for large, delayed outbreaks of endemic diseases following COVID-19 controls | Nov. 9, 2020 High Meadows Environmental Institute – Social distancing and mask wearing to reduce the spread of COVID-19 have also protected against many other diseases, including influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). But susceptibility to those other diseases could be increasing, resulting in large outbreaks when masking and distancing stop, say a team of Princeton University researchers. Measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 through...

“Covid-19 Is Just The Flu” – True Or False?

Views from 4 sources: OSF HealthCare:  COVID-19 and the flu are not the same Mayo Clinic: What's the difference between COVID-19 and the flu? The Lancet: Comparing SARS-CoV-2 with SARS-CoV and influenza pandemics WHO: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Similarities and differences with influenza COVID-19 and the flu are not the same OSF HealthCare is an integrated health system owned and operated by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, Peoria, Illinois. OSF HealthCare employs more than...

Exposure To Common Cold Confirmed To Provide Covid Protection

“Our results show that people with evidence of a previous infection from a 'common cold' coronavirus have less severe COVID-19 symptoms.” (Boston) – Being previously infected with a coronaviruses that cause the “common cold” may decrease the severity of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) infections, according to results of a new study. Led by researchers at Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine, the study also demonstrates that the immunity built up...

1 in 3 Parents Plan To Skip Flu Shots For Their Kids

"We may see peaks of flu and COVID-19 at the same time, which could overwhelm the health care system." | National poll: COVID-19 may not influence parents' beliefs about the flu vaccine, with just 1/3 believing it's more important for children to get vaccinated this year Sep 28, 2020 University of Michigan – The pandemic doesn't seem to be changing parents' minds about the importance of the flu vaccine. It could be a double whammy flu season this...

Flu Vaccine “Disappointing”

"he vaccine did an awful job against the Type A H1N1 strain that caused the second wave of illnesses. Protection was so low in kids ages 6 months to 17 years that — statistically speaking — it couldn't be counted as working at all." NEW YORK (AP) — The flu vaccine did a disappointing job last winter in the U.S., and officials worry that might be a bad sign for the fall. Flu vaccines had been...

No, COVID-19 Is NOT ‘Just Like The Flu’

“It first struck me how different it was when I saw my first coronavirus patient go bad. I was like, Holy shit, this is not the flu. Watching this relatively young guy, gasping for air, pink frothy secretions coming out of his tube.” A Medical Worker Describes Terrifying Lung Failure From COVID-19 — Even in His Young Patients March 21, 2020 ProPublica – As of Friday, Louisiana was reporting 479 confirmed cases of COVID-19, one of the...

Rising Flu Epidemic Risk Due To Global Warming: Yale

“apid weather variability in autumn will continue to strengthen in some regions of northern mid-latitudes in a warming climate, implying that the risk of influenza epidemic may increase 20 percent to 50 percent in some highly populated regions in later 21st century.” " combination of global trends, including insecurity and extreme weather, has heightened the risk ... the spectre of a global health emergency looms large." –  Global Preparedness Monitoring Board, World Health Organization, 2019  Ivy League...
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