Personal Health: Need a Flu Shot? Get It Now

Immunity tends to wane by 20 percent a month, leaving those who got their shot in August or September with less than desirable protection by the time they ’ re exposed.
Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Influenza Vaccination and Immunization Tamiflu (Drug) Relenza (Drug) Viruses Epidemics Source Type: news

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The reassortant vaccine strain of live attenuated influenza vaccine inherits temperature sensitivity and areactogenicity from cold-adapted attenuated master donor virus. In Russia, B/ USSR/60/69 master donor virus (B60) is currently in use for the preparation of live attenuated type B influenza vaccine candidates. Trivalent live attenuated influenza vaccine based on A/ Leningrad/134/17/57 and B60 are licensed for the use in Russia for single dose vaccination of adults and children over 3 years. B/Leningrad/14/17/55 (B14) cold-adapted virus is a backup master donor virus for live attenuated type B influenza vaccine. Accordi...
Source: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine - Category: Biology Source Type: research
The risks, so far, seem no greater than for anyone else, but the research is thin and only applies to later stage of pregnancy.
Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Women and Girls Pregnancy and Childbirth Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Babies and Infants Quarantines Epidemics Swine Influenza Vaccination and Immunization SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) Breastfeeding American College of Obstetric Source Type: news
Last year, when I visited the town of Beni, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), people did not shake hands. Bottles of disinfectant and buckets of chlorinated water were at the entrance of every business. Misinformation spread across social networks and on news-sites, and treatment centers in the northeastern province of North Kivu were being attacked by armed militias. At the time, Beni was one of the centers of a devastating Ebola outbreak, the second most deadly in world history. According to the World Health Organization, almost 3,500 people were sickened by the virus, and more than 2,000 died, a case fatali...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news
As new cases appear in the U.S., some — including the president — have compared it to the seasonal flu. Here’s a close look at the differences.
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One chart explains why slowing the spread of the infection is nearly as important as stopping it.
Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Quarantines Epidemics Shortages Hospitals Vaccination and Immunization Influenza Hygiene and Cleanliness Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Economist, The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Dis Source Type: news
Basel, 27 March  2020 - Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted a New Drug Application (NDA) as well as two supplemental New Drug Applications (sNDA) for Xofluza® (baloxavir marboxil). The FDA accepted a NDA for a new formulation of Xofluza as one-dose granules for oral suspension (2 mg/mL), potentially offering a more convenient option for children and those who have difficulty swallowing. In addition, the application seeks approval of Xofluza for the treatment of acute uncomplicated influenza in otherwise healthy children aged one to l ess th...
Source: Roche Investor Update - Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news
The recent WHO decision to declare the novel coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), while both appropriate and hardly surprising, offers the opportunity to reflect on the previous PHEIC which was declared, namely the Ebola epidemic in Kivu region, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). And you should really say the ongoing Ebola epidemic, as during the time since the declaration in July 2019 through to the present day (March 2020), a total of 3,453 cases have been reported [1]. The nCoV-2019 outbreak is still ballooning; as of today, over 400,000 confirmed cases worldwide with no ...
Source: GIDEON blog - Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Tags: Ebooks Epidemiology Outbreaks Source Type: blogs
I think many people misunderstand the essential nature of the Resident's relentless spewing of lies. Many say they should properly be classified as bullshit, because he doesn't care whether what he says is true or false. But I would go further. He actually inhabits a universe in which whatever he says becomes the truth.Here is an AP timeline of just some of his lies about the coronavirus epidemic. Note a common quality of many of them, e.g.Asked, for instance, by CNBC on Jan. 22 if there were worries about a pandemic, Trump said, " No. Not at all. And — we're — we have it totally under control. It's one pe...
Source: Stayin' Alive - Category: American Health Source Type: blogs
By Jan LundiusSTOCKHOLM / ROME, Mar 19 2020 (IPS) The human factor is intimately involved in the origin, spread, and mitigation of the Coronavirus and we cannot afford to ignore that our future existence depends on compassion and cooperation. Response matters! Some quarantined Italians might recall Giovanni Boccaccio´s The Decameron from 1353 in which people escaping the plague are secluded in a villa where they tell stories to each other. Boccaccio introduced his collection of short stories with an eyewitness account of horrifying human suffering in Florence, which in 1348 was struck by a ”pestilence” t...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tags: Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news
If we get a vaccine for the coronavirus, it will immediately make our world a safer, easier, more reassuring place once again. That ’s what vaccines do.
Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Vaccination and Immunization Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Children and Childhood Quarantines Smallpox Poliomyelitis Influenza Epidemics Source Type: news
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