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    1. Which Kids Die of Flu?

      Sept. 15, 2011 -- Being younger than 5 years old is a risk factor for severe flu, a CDC analysis of last season's child flu deaths suggests. There were 115 confirmed child flu deaths from Sept. 1, 2010, through Aug. 31, 2011. The number includes all infants, children, and teens under age 18. But not

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    2. New Swine Flu in 2 U.S. Kids

      Sept. 2, 2011 -- Two U.S. kids -- an Indiana boy and a Pennsylvania girl -- are the first human cases of a new swine flu bug. Both kids fully recovered after suffering usual flu symptoms. The two children had no contact with each other. Each caught the new flu in separate transmission events. The bo

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    3. Kids Need Flu Shot Even if They Had One Last Year

      Sept. 5, 2011 -- Even if they got one last year, most children should get another dose of the flu vaccine before flu season begins, according to the latest recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The 2011-2012 flu vaccine protects against the same three strains of influenza as

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    4. Antibiotic Overuse May Be Bad for Body's Good Bacteria

      Aug. 24, 2011 -- Antibiotic overuse doesn’t just lead to drug-resistant superbugs, it may also permanently wipe out the body’s good bacteria. Good bacteria in the gut help people in many ways, including helping make vitamins and boosting immunity. Some researchers think that killing them off with an

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    5. Many Health Care Workers Don't Get Flu Vaccines

      Aug. 18, 2011 -- A new report from the CDC suggests that not enough health care workers are being vaccinated against the flu. In its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the CDC says that only 63.5% of 1,931 health care workers who took part in a survey in April 2011 said they had received flu vac

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    6. Little Risk of Guillain-Barré With H1N1 Flu Vaccine

      July 15, 2011 -- A new study affirms that the 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine, developed to counter the flu pandemic, does not substantially put people at increased risk of Guillain-Barré syndrome. Guillain-Barré syndrome is a disorder in which a person's immune system damages nerves, causing weakness and in

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    7. Flu Vaccine Rates Are High for 2 Seasons in a Row

      June 9, 2011 -- Flu vaccination rates remained high during the 2010-2011 flu season, according to data in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The 2010-2011 flu season marked the first time that the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended flu shots for everyone age

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    8. Swimmer's Ear Costs U.S. Half a Billion Yearly

      May 19, 2011 -- Swimmers often regard inflammation of the external ear canal, known as swimmer's ear, as an inevitable, minor nuisance. But a new study finds that the problem adds substantially to health care costs and the number of annual doctor visits. "For swimmer's ear, there are 2.4 million hea

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    9. FDA OKs Flu Shot With Smaller Needle

      May 12, 2011 -- The FDA has approved the first flu shot to be injected with a tiny needle into a skin layer called the dermis rather than into muscle. The new needle is expected to be available for adults for the 2011-2012 flu season. The French drugmaker Sanofi Pasteur says the company’s Fluzone In

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    10. FDA: Hand Sanitizers Make False Claims

      April 21, 2011 – Hand sanitizers protect us from germs, don't they? A new FDA initiative has consumers confused. The FDA yesterday warned consumers not to buy hand sanitizers "that claim to prevent infection from MRSA, E. coli, salmonella, flu, or other bacteria or viruses." But isn't that why we us

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