For something so common that it even has its own season — like Christmas or football (Seriously, what other illness practically gets its own holiday?) — you'd think we'd all be used to the flu by now. But, thanks to the unlucky combination of a more virulent-than-usual flu strain and a less-effective-than-usual flu vaccine, the influenza is worse than usual.Read Full Story
Many people know, some first-hand, that this flu season is terrible. With news that this year's flu shot didn't have the correct viruses, as it wasn't a good "match," you may be wondering why you would ever get the shot in the future. Because of this, Canada is at risk for low flu vaccination rates next year and an increasing death toll. Here's why you shouldn't write it off just yet.Read Full Story
If you made it through the holidays in one piece, there's probably nothing you look forward to more than getting back to work and getting your kid back into the classroom. But let's not forget that it's flu season, a time when parents shouldn't be too quick to push their kids back to school if they came down with something over winter break.Read Full Story
This time of year, the medical powers that be — doctors, pharmacies and the media — urge us to get the flu shot. For years, my parents have taken this advice to heart — they get their flu shot by October. More often than not, my husband chooses to get a flu shot as well. Me? The two years that I did get the flu shot, I promptly came down with the flu.Read Full Story
Avian influenza, or the bird flu, was big news a few years ago when people in Asia suddenly started coming down with a deadly illness linked to poultry. But then we had the Ebola scare and people forgot all about pigs, chickens and other weird causes of respiratory diseases. Perhaps we shouldn't have. It looks like bird flu is back.Read Full Story
Relax, you don't have Ebola. But thanks to the panic over infectious diseases, there's been an uptick in people getting flu shots this year — good news since you're way more likely to die from the flu. And with pregnant moms, infants and young children some of the most vulnerable to the disease it's important to stay updated on the new recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control about how to keep your family safe.Read Full Story
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