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The Flu Vaccine: It's Not Too Late and Yes, It's Necessary

Children's Hospital Los Angeles infectious diseases specialist Pia Pannaraj, MD, discusses the importance of getting an annual flu vaccine and why opting out should not be an option.

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Don't Let 2015 Become a 'Flu New Year'

The CDC's announcement that this year’s flu vaccine isn’t a good “match” for circulating viruses should ring some bells (the warning kind) this holiday season. A Rowan University Family Medicine physician provides tips on avoiding the 'gift' no one wants to get.

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Flu Shot Tops Santa's Nice List

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Despite the recent reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that the flu vaccine is not effective against certain active strains, Jorge Parada, MD, infectious disease specialist at Loyola University Health System urges everyone to still get vaccinated. “If you have not gotten your flu shot, get it as soon as possible,” he says. “There are many varieties of flu and the flu vaccine still offers protection.”

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Immunizing Schoolkids Fights Flu in Others, Too

Mathematical models predicted it, and now a University of Florida study confirms it: Immunizing school-aged children from flu can protect other segments of the population, as well.

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Keeping Families Safe From the Flu

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The flu, or seasonal influenza virus, is extremely unpredictable. Its severity can vary widely from one season to the next depending on many things, including the strains of flu spreading, availability of vaccines, how many people get vaccinated and how well the flu vaccine is matched to the flu viruses circulating each season. For these reasons, especially with recent news out of the CDC last week, many may be wondering, “should I be concerned about this flu season?”

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Study May Help Slow the Spread of Flu

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An important study conducted in part at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory may lead to new, more effective vaccines and medicines by revealing detailed information about how a flu antibody binds to a wide variety of flu viruses.

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Flu Vaccine Expert Available to Discuss CDC Report: Deadlier Flu Season This Year, Current Vaccine Poor Match

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Don't Bring Flu Home from the Holidays

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For the past two years, we’ve seen a dramatic spike in flu cases nationwide in late December and early January. Data from the government shows this year’s season is tracking right along the same lines, opening us up for the potential of another spike in cases. That’s why I’m recommending everyone get a flu vaccine now. They’re readily available at your pharmacy, physician’s office, or local health care center.

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The Medical Minute: Vaccination Remains the Best Way to Avoid the Flu

Joy and goodwill aren’t the only things we start spreading to friends, family, colleagues -- even strangers -- this time of year. Late fall and early winter also signal the start of annual spread of the influenza virus.

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Halting the Hijacker: Cellular Targets to Thwart Influenza Virus Infection

In a comprehensive new study published today in the journal Cell Host and Microbe, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Yoshihiro Kawaoka and a team of researchers have revealed methods for thwarting influenza viruses by shutting down the cellular machinery they need, like cutting the fuel line on a bank robber’s getaway car.

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