Imagine if an infectious disease were to strike the United States tomorrow. Caused by a virus, it can lead to serious health complications, even death. Does it sound like Ebola? Keep reading.
Some people won’t get flu vaccinations because of misconceptions about the vaccine or how it works. Here are five common myths about flu shots — debunked.
No vaccine or other prevention is available to protect against Enterovirus D68. So it’s important to talk to your children about avoiding infection – and to take the same precautions as well.
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You're not feeling well. You're very tired and have a cough and a stuffy nose. How do you know if it’s the flu or merely a cold?
Vaccines are one of the greatest medical advances in the history of mankind. They are up there with the development of antibiotics, clean sanitation and the X-ray. Immunizations prevent sickness, disabilities and death and have eradicated some deadly diseases.
If you haven't gotten a flu shot, it's not too late. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), flu season typically peaks in January or February (though flu activity can last as long as late May).
Don’t let the flu wipe you out this year. Getting vaccinated is your best defense. The shot needs a couple weeks to do its job, but then you’re protected.
If you have diabetes – even if it’s well controlled -- it’s important to get the flu shot. With your immune system already weakened, taking extra precautions against infections is important.