As COVID-19 continues to be an ever-present concern, we are on the cusp of another more familiar virus that will soon be vying for our attention — influenza. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that over the past five years, an average of 32.6 million Americans a year had symptoms related to … Continue reading Why getting a flu shot is especially important this year
If things in your household have been a bit stressful lately, rest assured that you’re not in this alone. Everyone is at least a little bit out of their normal routine, if not a lot. In these times, it’s so important to take good care of yourself and your family. A major part of that … Continue reading Why childhood vaccinations and check-ups matter
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?
In a matter of days, you’ve succumbed to all of the typical flu symptoms – fever, chills, body aches and a cough that just won’t let up. But what you don’t know is that your cough is really an infection and you are getting sicker by the day. While many people who experience the flu … Continue reading Severe flu patients turn to ECMO as last lifeline
It’s something that has touched many of us personally or someone we care about. It’s a disease we face every day with patients throughout Baylor Scott & White Health, guiding them through treatment and seeking innovative options for patients in our research centers. And it’s the focus of a documentary that aired this week on … Continue reading A National Cancer Conversation
During flu season, parents are often on high alert. As we all know, children are notorious for contracting and spreading infections. Children like to touch, lick and eat almost everything they come in contact with — especially when parents aren’t watching. Here are some tips to help you and your family minimize your risk of … Continue reading 5 ways to reduce your child’s chances of getting the flu, measles
More than a dozen NHL hockey players have reportedly been diagnosed with the mumps in recent weeks, prompting obvious questions about how and why the disease is spreading among the athletes. (USA Today reports today that three more players have been added to the NHL’s list of mumps cases.) We asked Steven Davis, M.D., the medical director … Continue reading Why is NHL facing unprecedented mumps outbreak?
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
Keeping up with yearly vaccines might seem like something you don’t have to worry about in adulthood, but there are several immunizations that people over the age of 19 should be receiving on a regular basis to prevent disease and associated complications. Scott & White internist, John David Myers, MD, said that illnesses like shingles … Continue reading 4 immunizations you should receive in adulthood
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the United States is experiencing the worst outbreak of measles in nearly 15 years. Hundreds of cases of the highly contagious disease have been reported so far this year in states across the country. Once thought to have gone the way of the Dodo bird, at least … Continue reading Eradicating 4 Myths about Measles