Flu season: The flu shot and what parents need to know now

The 2014-15 flu season is here, and it’s reached epidemic proportions. This season’s strain appears particularly nasty. About half of the United States is contending with high levels of flu activity, which means an onslaught of symptoms like fever, runny or stuff nose, cough and sore throat. Massachusetts has not been hit as hard as some other areas of the country. But the relative lull in flu activity might be the calm before the storm. The flu season will last for several more weeks, especially in areas that have not yet seen significant activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Got questions about the flu? We have answers. Is the flu shot effective? Although the flu shot does not cover the H3N2 strain that is causing about 90 percent of flu cases this season, it does provide partial protection from the virus. It may reduce severe outcomes like hospitalization and death. Even if you and your child have not yet been vaccinated, it is a good idea to get the shot as part of your family’s flu defense. What can I do to keep my family healthy and avoid the flu? First, make sure everyone in your family older than 6 months of age gets the flu shot every year, says Ronald Samuels, MD, MPH, associate medical director of Boston Children’s Primary Care Center. Other basic precautions include: Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. (Encourage your kids to sing “Happy Birthday” twice as they lather...
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Source: Expert Review of Anti-Infective Therapy - Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Expert Rev Anti Infect Ther Source Type: research
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Source: Expert Review of Gastroenterology and Hepatology - Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Expert Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol Source Type: research
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