Have you ever hesitated to get the flu shot? Maybe because you didn’t have the time, or thought you were invincible to catching the virus? As flu season is upon us once again, there’s something you need to know: Getting a flu shot isn’t all about you. It’s also about the people who are unable … Continue reading Herd immunity: Why getting the flu shot isn’t all about you
It’s that time of year again. The weather cools (in theory), the smell of pumpkin spice latte is in the air and the many strands of influenza stretch their legs and begin infecting my sweet, unsuspecting patients. There’s a lot of information out there on how to avoid the flu, but I am here to tell … Continue reading What to do (and not to do) when you have the flu
The flu can attack anyone, but some people are more susceptible to the virus than others. As physicians, we believe it is important that you know your risks and how to prevent the flu before it gets you. Who’s Susceptible? Those at higher risk for developing influenza are residents in nursing homes and long-term care … Continue reading Who is most susceptible to the flu?
It’s that time of year again, when we’re all being urged to get our flu shots. Many moms-to-be often ask me whether it’s safe for them to get vaccinated. The answer is yes, it is safe, and it’s strongly recommended no matter where you are in your pregnancy. Pregnant women are more likely to get … Continue reading Should pregnant women get the flu shot?
It is a common misconception that flu season occurs only during the winter. But it actually starts in October and can last until May. According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), about 5 to 20 percent of the U.S. population gets the flu each year. In addition, the recent outbreak of measles at Disneyland reminds … Continue reading Reduce chance of flu, measles infections with 5 simple steps
There are early indications that this year’s flu season could be severe, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s largely because the variants of the flu virus that many patients are catching are different from this season’s vaccine virus, the CDC says. Says the CDC: So far this year, seasonal influenza A H3N2 viruses have been … Continue reading 5 flu and vaccine facts you need to know
Physicians affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health are expressing concerns that the recent wave of hysteria over the Ebola virus might overshadow the flu, which they say remains a serious public health threat. Roger Khetan, MD, said in an interview with WFAA-TV (Channel 8) this week, that he has seen a spike in flu cases in the … Continue reading Ebola gets headlines, but flu should remain top concern
If you’re watching the local Dallas-Fort Worth news stations, you’ll know that flu season is here. The Dallas County Health Department and individual doctors urge people to get vaccinated now. Infectious disease physician Steve Davis, M.D., gave some tips to WFAA-Channel 8’s Jason Wheeler about why vaccinating is important. Continue reading Flu Information From The Dallas-Fort Worth Outbreak
Getting an annual flu vaccine is an important step to staying healthy. That’s because it can protect 60 to 90 percent of healthy adults from getting the illness. The vaccine does, however, have its drawbacks, such as being defenseless against different strains of flu. Plus, the very young and the elderly don’t seem to get the … Continue reading Vaccinations From the Future
If you have paid attention to the news here in North Texas, you may have seen reports about an outbreak of pertussis, or whooping cough (as it’s more commonly known) in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. What’s behind this outbreak? Experts suggest it may be attributed to the recent trend of parents not vaccinating their children. … Continue reading Pertussis Outbreak: Why Children and Adults Should Get the Vaccine