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  1. How Effective Are Flu Vaccines?

    Oct. 25, 2011 -- As flu season approaches, a new analysis finds that the flu vaccine provides only moderate protection against the flu, noting that such protection is greatly reduced or absent during some flu seasons. The analysis is published in The Lancet. "While the vaccine does work, and we stil

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  2. Survey: Two-Thirds of Americans Plan to Get Flu Vaccine

    Sept. 21, 2011 -- Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults plan to be vaccinated against the flu this season, while seven in 10 parents say they're likely to get their children immunized, according to new survey data. "The last several years we're seeing an upward trend in influenza vaccination rates," said

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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 a

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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