This year’s flu shot is 72% effective against the dominant strain – much better than last year’s, researchers say

Canadian researchers say that this year’s flu vaccine appears to reduce the risk of catching the dominant flu strain by 72 per cent – much better than last year’s flu shot. “A vaccine effectiveness of about 70 per cent means that among 10 cases of influenza in unvaccinated people, the number would have been reduced to just three cases if […]

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A century after the Spanish flu, preparing for the next pandemic

Spare a thought this morning as you open up or login to the Herald  over breakfast. With their toast and porridge, Herald readers 100 years ago to the day – on January 25, 1919 – read the news of the suspected arrival in their midst of what was to become the most threatening health crisis Sydney has ever faced – the so-called […]

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How certain bacteria protect us against flu

In most cases, when someone mentions the microbiome, they are referring to the bacteria in the gut. However, bacteria cover every inch of us, both inside and out, and the term “microbiome” refers to all of our microbial passengers. The bacteria in our respiratory system are currently receiving increased attention. Some of them, scientists believe, may be able to protect […]

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Heart failure: Flu vaccine could save lives

Most doctors, scientists, and other medical professionals consider flu vaccinations to be a safe and effective way of protecting people against influenza, or the flu. The vaccine, usually given in the form of an injection, contains small amounts of deactivated flu viruses. These viruses are not harmful in this state but do trigger the human body to produce antibodies to […]

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Canada having ‘substantial’ flu season so far, off to faster start than last year’s

This year’s flu season, predicted to be relatively mild, is defying expectations. According to surveillance data released by the Public Health Agency of Canada on Friday, there have been 13,796 laboratory-confirmed influenza cases across Canada this season, up until December 29, 2018. Related 17 Albertans with confirmed cases of influenza have died so far this flu season Number of flu […]

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Okanagan flu season strikes early and hard

The flu season in the Okanagan and within the Interior Health region has struck early and hard. The flu shot. This season, many got it and those who didn’t might be wishing they did. That’s because there’s a flu outbreak within Interior Health’s jurisdiction. Dr. Sue Pollock of Interior Health says this year’s flu numbers are up significantly over this […]

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Should You Work Out if You Have a Cold or the Flu?

To avoid getting a cold or the flu, you take every precaution: You got a flu shot, you spritz hand sanitizer everywhere, and you keep your distance from coworkers with cold or flu symptoms. You even committed to the gym harder than Harry and Meghan Markle have committed to each other after learning that regular moderate exercise strengthens the immune system, one study review suggests. But then, ugh, […]

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