4-Year-Old Boy Dies of Influenza in California

4-Year-Old Boy Dies of Influenza in California

In California, a 4-year-old boy died after testing positive for the flu, according to health officials. Additionally, he had unrelated health issues. This death marks the first pediatric flu-associated death of the season in Riverside County. Dr. Cameron Kaiser, a Riverside County Public Health Officer reminds, “We should never forget that the flu still kills. […]

Separating Myth From Reality About Influenza and Vaccines

Separating Myth From Reality About Influenza and Vaccines

Every year pharmacies advertise the availability of influenza vaccines, sometimes as early as August. Health experts advise the optimum time for a vaccination is the end of September or during October. Receiving the vaccine too early will decrease its efficacy before the end of influenza season. On the other hand, since life is busy and it easy to […]

Influenza Vaccine Less Effective in Seniors Taking Statins

Influenza Vaccine Less Effective in Seniors Taking Statins

On Oct. 29, 2015, The Journal of Infectious Diseases published the results of two studies that indicate the influenza vaccine is less effective in seniors taking statins. According to CBS News, the studies were funded by the Switzerland-based pharmaceutical company, Novartis. The first study took place during the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 flu seasons and included nearly 7,000 adults […]

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