News tagged with seasonal flu

First tests of Italy suspect flu vaccine negative

The Italian Pharmaceutical Agency (AIFA) said Monday it has now been notified of 19 deaths among people who had recently taken a Novartis flu vaccine but that initial testing had ruled out contamination of two batches of ...

Dec 01, 2014
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Flu season

Flu season is a regularly re-occurring time period characterized by the prevalence of outbreaks of influenza. The season occurs during the cold half of the year in each hemisphere. Influenza activity can sometimes be predicted and even tracked geographically. While the beginning of major flu activity in each season varies by location, in any specific location these minor epidemics usually take about 3 weeks to peak and another 3 weeks to significantly diminish. Individual cases of the flu however, usually only last a few days. In some countries such as Japan and China, infected persons sometimes wear a surgical mask out of respect for others.

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