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 […]

Influenza Cure Calls for Early Antiviral Treatment?

Influenza Cure Calls for Early Antiviral Treatment?

Influenza vaccines have proved elusive at moderating this year’s outbreak, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are now calling for early administration of antiviral drugs as the best available treatment to prevent and cure the infection. Officials report that three antiviral drugs have proven effective at alleviating flu symptoms and shortening the […]

Influenza and the Elderly

Influenza and the Elderly

Influenza attacks can affect the elderly to extreme degrees, often with fatal results. It is estimated that 90 percent of influenza related deaths occur among the 65 and over age group. As immune systems get older, they get weaker, and are more vulnerable to viruses and infections. These attack older people differently. They need to […]