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.
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
Flu season is just getting underway. So, what better time to discuss the myths, dangers, prevention tactics and tell-tale signs of the virus? I sat down with my panel of experts: Roger Khetan, MD, and Rainer Khetan, MD, internal medicine specialists on the medical staff at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, about all these … Continue reading What you need to know about the flu
Shots. Just the sound of the word brings up memories from dreaded doctor visits where a nurse walks in with a tray of vaccines to inject an unsuspecting victim. The best way to look at how vaccines works are to view them as the attempt to mimic a natural immune response that would occur in … Continue reading History of Vaccines and Why You Need Them
As word about the new SARS-like MERS-CoV virus (Middle East Respiratory Virus, a type of coronavirus) spreads across the globe, many of us may be feeling a little concerned. I don’t know about you, but every time a virus like this breaks out I am haunted by scenes from the movies Contagion and Outbreak. Viruses can … Continue reading How Worried Should You Be About The New SARS-like Coronavirus?