Flu News: flu season has begun – 96 cases reported

The flu season in Germany has begun, and the first cases of infection with Influenza have already been reported. How hard the flu wave will be this Winter, can not yet be predicted. All of the developments for the flu season in the News-Ticker of FOCUS Online. Flu season in Germany has begun Monday, 28. October 2019, 13.01 PM: The […]

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Here's Where You Can Get a Free Flu Shot Right Now—With or Without Insurance

Hey, quick question: Have you gotten your flu shot yet? If your answer was "yes," good for you; carry on. If your answer was "no," what are you waiting for?  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that every. single. person. (age six months and older) should get a flu shot before the end of October. That's because flu season typically […]

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Australia Just Had a Bad Flu Season. That May Be a Warning for the U.S.

Australia had an unusually early and fairly severe flu season this year. Since that may foretell a serious outbreak on its way in the United States, public health experts now are urging Americans to get their flu shots as soon as possible. “It’s too early to tell for sure, because sometimes Australia is predictive and sometimes it’s not,” said Dr. […]

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First comprehensive structural data on a key flu protein—it’s central to infection

Influenza A viruses spawn epidemics, global pandemics and sweeping outbreaks that kill millions of birds, yet only now have flu scientists obtained comprehensive, high-resolution structural data on a protein that is key to the very survival of an influenza virus. The highlighted protein is RNA polymerase, which transcribes and replicates the viral genome in the nucleus of host cells. Dr. […]

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Flu vaccination linked with lower risk of death in patients with high blood pressure

Influenza vaccination in patients with high blood pressure is associated with an 18% reduced risk of death during flu season, according to research presented today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology. “Given these results, it is my belief that all patients with high blood pressure should have an annual flu vaccination,” said first author Daniel […]

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High-dose, immune-boosting or four-strain? A guide to flu vaccines for over-65s

Flu vaccines work by exposing the body to a component of the virus so it can “practise” fighting it off, without risking infection. The immune system can then mount a more rapid and effective response when faced with a “real” virus. Three types of influenza vaccines are available in Australia: “standard” vaccines that contains four different strains of influenza a […]

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Slow start, but it’s not over yet: 5 things to know about this year’s flu season

As influenza season trudges on, public health officials report fewer cases than last year’s severe and deadly season. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released recently shows a more effective vaccine compared with the previous two seasons and called this season a low-severity year so far for influenza—classified as having a fever, cough and body aches. But local […]

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