Vaccination

Efforts to move the needle on flu shot rates get stuck

It's free and available everywhere. Yet most Americans skip the annual flu shot—with the number of dispensed vaccines barely changed in the past decade, despite government removal of cost and access obstacles.

Vaccination

AHA: About one in three with ASCVD not receiving flu shot

About one in three individuals with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) did not receive an influenza vaccination in the past year, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association, ...

Cardiology

Flu shot may aid heart bypass recovery

Getting a flu shot before heart bypass surgery can head off inflammation throughout the body and possibly lead to a healthier recovery, a new study suggests.

Cardiology

Flu shots help prevent illness, death in heart disease patients

An annual flu vaccination is inexpensive, easy and proven to prevent illness and death in people with heart disease, however, almost 1 in 3 patients skip the flu shot, according to preliminary research to be presented at ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Infectious diseases: Why moms-to-be need vaccines during pregnancy

Vaccines are a part of many well-child visits. But they also should be part of the care moms-to-be receive to protect their unborn children. "When we take care of pregnant patients, we're really taking care of two patients: ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Researchers bring us one step closer to universal influenza vaccine

The scourge of the influenza virus devastates health and claims many lives worldwide each year. It is especially daunting because vaccines are only protective when they are well matched to the strains circulating in the population. ...

Health

Can surgical masks protect you from getting the flu?

Australia has just suffered a severe flu season, with 299,211 laboratory-confirmed cases, at last count, and 662 deaths. This might be a sign of what's to come for the UK and US as the virus spreads to the northern hemisphere.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

How to stay healthy this flu season

About 40 million people contracted the flu last year, with hundreds of thousands hospitalized and 35,400 to 61,000 deaths, including 134 children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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