Friday, February 8, 2013
This flu season has been severe for seniors 65 and older, according to the Center for Disease Control.
A dip in reported national flu activity may mean influenza season is ending early, but cases remain widespread in Michigan. "Influenza activity remains high in parts of the country, but is declining nationally," according to the Center for Disease Control. Thirty-eight states, including Michigan, reported widespread geographic influenza activity for the week ending Feb. 2, 2013--down from 42 states the previous week, the CDC stated. This flu season has been especially severe for seniors 65 and older and the organization recommends the flu vaccine while viruses are still circulating. In Macomb County, where it was predicted the seasonal flu might have peaked earlier than previous years, flu shots are available throughout this month. Basic …
Monday, January 14, 2013
Does a flu shot cause the flu? Do healthy people need a shot? Here are the answers to some myths.
The Henry Ford Health System has released this fact sheet on the truths and myths of fighting the flu. The flu vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your family. However, misconceptions about vaccination persist. Here are 7 common myths about 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…
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Reports of flu-like symptoms rose from last year at this time, according to the Macomb County Health Department.
This flu season has affected thousands of Macomb County residents, with more reported cases than last year at this time, according to the Macomb County Health Department. There were 1,580 reports of flu-like symptom cases during the second week of December, up from the previous week of 1,211 and 1,069 in the last week of November, according to the department's latest available statistics on Thursday. None of those cases in Macomb County were fatal and they do not specify how many were children or adults. They also do not represent influenza cases unreported by individuals since much of the information comes from schools and hospitals. They do reflect, however, more reported flu-like cases than last year or two years prior 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.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some places in Chesterfield Township and New Baltimore that offer the vaccine: CVS Phamacy Walgreens Kroger Pharmacy Rite Aid According to this week's CDC Flu activity report, influenza levels are on the increase across the country. Five states – Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee – are reporting flu rates not normally seen until January, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The flu season normally peaks in January and February. Holiday travel and more time spent indoors due to soggy weather will contribute to the spread of the flu virus, so now is the time to get vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers the following information: