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What Motivates College Students to Get the Flu Shot? Sometimes, It's as Little as $10

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The preliminary findings from a new study conducted by a team of Swarthmore College researchers indicates that a combination of financial incentives – even as little as $10 – and an endorsement from close friends might by the best way to increase flu vaccinations among college students.

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Middle-Aged Adults Were More Susceptible to the Flu Last Year Because of a New Viral Mutation

Wistar researchers have identified a new mutation in the H1N1 influenza virus that made it easily transmitted in middle-aged adults--those who should be able to resist the viral assault--during the 2013-2014 influenza season. .

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To Flu or Not to Flu, That (Could Be) Congestion!

While the tragedy of the ebola virus and the emergence of enterovirus dominating headlines, another virus will likely cause hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations this winter. A RowanSOM family physician discusses seasonal flu season and addresses misconceptions about the flu virus and vaccine that prevents it.

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Get Vaccinated: Flu Is Bigger Threat to You Than Ebola, Says USciences Prof

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With the 2014-15 flu season officially underway, pharmacy professor Daniel Hussar, PhD, at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at University of the Sciences, urges people to stop worrying about Ebola and get a flu shot instead.

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Computerized Surveillance System Quickly Detects Disease Outbreaks Among Preschoolers

A web-based system that allows preschools and child care centers to report illnesses to local public health departments could improve the detection of disease outbreaks and allow resources to be mobilized more quickly.

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Does My Child Need a Flu Shot or Not?

It’s a common question parents ask themselves this time of year: Does my child really need a flu shot? Though the flu may seem harmless, the truth is on average 20,000 children age 5 and younger are hospitalized due to flu symptoms each year.

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JAMA Findings Reveal Vaccine Approach to Fight Pandemic Bird Flu

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A Saint Louis University study in JAMA reveals a vaccination strategy researchers can continue to study to protect people from bird flu that has the potential to become epidemic.

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This Year's Flu Season: What You Need to Know

Each year, 30,000 people die from influenza infection and its complications. In an effort to get ahead of the upcoming flu season, experts at Montefiore Medical Center are raising awareness about the importance of the flu vaccine, which remains the best option to reduce a person’s risk of contracting the virus. The flu season can start as early as late September and usually runs for about 12 to 15 weeks.

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Despite What You’ve Heard, Kids with Egg Allergies Should Get the Flu Shot

If you have a child with egg allergies, you may have been told they shouldn’t get the shot because of a possible reaction to the trace amounts of egg in the vaccine. Not true, says the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). Recent research has shown that administration of the flu vaccine is safe for kids with egg allergies.

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Take Your Best Shot at Avoiding the Flu This Season

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At the doctor’s office, the focus is on you and what is going on with your health. This is your time to talk about concerns to improve your wellbeing beyond the flu season,” says Jorge Parada, MD, MPH, the medical director of the Infection Prevention and Control Program at Loyola University Health System. “You trust your store employee to help you locate items you want to buy, not to diagnose what’s causing a persistent symptom, schedule other annual health maintenance exams such as mammograms or offer expert medical advice.”

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