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Category: Influenza

Flu Update

Feb 3, 2017 Tags: CDC, Influenza

ATLANTA — The flu is continuing to impact the United States, especially across the Southeast U.S. for the week ended Jan. 21 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday.

The proportion of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness was 3.4%, well above the national baseline of 2.2% and an increase from the week prior ILI report of 3.2%.

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CDC Urges Flu Vaccinations for All Americans Over the Age of Six Months

Oct 2, 2014 Tags: CDC, Child Health, Influenza, Pharmaceuticals, Seniors

Because less than half of Americans received flu vaccinations last year, according to a new CDC report, the agency is once again reminding the public that patients and caregivers of patients six months and older should be vaccinated. According to CDC’s September 19, 2014 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, only one-third of adults aged 18 to 64 received flu shots last year, Pharmacy Times reports. Influenza vaccinations are particularly important for persons who are at increased risk for severe complications from influenza, or at higher risk for influenza-related outpatient, emergency department, or hospital visits, according to information posted the CDC website.

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Panel: Flu Spray Better Than Shots for Young Kids

Jun 26, 2014 Tags: Child Health, Influenza

When it comes to flu vaccines, a federal panel says a squirt in the nose is better than a shot in the arm for young children.

The advisory panel voted Wednesday to advise doctors that FluMist nasal spray is a bit better at preventing flu in healthy young kids. The recommendation is specific to ages 2 through 8 only.

Some studies have found that kids within that age group are about half as likely to get the flu if they had the spray vaccine instead of a shot.

Federal health officials usually adopt the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. A flu vaccine is now recommended for virtually everyone over 6 months old.

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