Sunday, January 20, 2013
Does a flu shot cause the flu? Do healthy people need a shot? Peachtree Corners readers here are the answers to some popular myths.
The flu vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your family. However, misconceptions about vaccination persist. Here are seven common myths about flu and vaccination. Flu Myth #1 A Flu Shot Causes the Flu No, a flu shot cannot cause flu illness. The influenza viruses contained in a flu shot are inactivated (killed), which means they cannot cause infection. Flu vaccine manufacturers kill the viruses used in the vaccine during the process of making vaccine, and batches of flu vaccine are tested to make sure they are safe. In randomized, blinded studies, where some people get flu shots and others get salt-water shots, the only differences in symptoms was increased soreness in the arm and redness at the injection site among people …
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Use these tips to help reduce your chances of getting and spreading the flu virus.
Saturday, January 12
Patch reached out to Gwinnett Medical Center for their top tips on how to get through this intense flu season. Here's what Eve Early, Manager of Infection Control at Gwinnett Med, had to say: Do you have your own tips for surviving flu season? Tell us in the comments section below.
Monday, January 7, 2013
Georgia is among 29 states and New York City now reporting high incidents of "influenza-like illness." Experts say everyone should get a flu vaccination.
Twenty-nine states, including Georgia, are now reporting high incidents of influenza-like illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The information is for the week ending Dec. 29. The flu season normally peaks in January and February, still experts say the recent reports are higher than normal. "Reports of influenza-like-illness (ILI) are nearing what have been peak levels during moderately severe seasons,” said Dr. Joe Bresee, Chief of the Epidemiology and Prevention Branch in the CDC’s Influenza Division, in a CDC press release. "Anyone who has not already been vaccinated should do so now." In addition, the CDC continues to recommend influenza vaccination and antiviral treatment when appropriate at this time. …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Here's where to get an influenza vaccine, how to recognize symptoms and what to know about treatment if you get sick.
Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: This time last year, flu cases were lower in nearby Norcross than they are now, according to estimates on Google's Flu Trends. (Gwinnett and Lilburn specific data is not available.) Overall in Georgia, activity is considered intense now, while it was considered moderate at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends. Flu Trends is a Google tool that uses aggregated search data to estimate flu activity. If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some places in the Lilburn area that offer the vaccine: You can find more locations here or by typing in your ZIP Code above. According to this week's CDC Flu activity report, influenza levels are on the increase across the country. …