New film campaign encourages people to get free flu vaccine and COVID-19 booster jab

Those eligible for the free flu vaccine and COVID-19 booster jab are being urged to book their appointments as soon as possible in a new film campaign launched today [Friday 8 October] aiming to help people give themselves and their loved ones the best possible protection this winter. The new film sees media medics Dr Amir Khan, Dr Dawn Harper […]

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Employed individuals more likely to be infected with the flu virus

A University of Arkansas researcher and international colleagues found that employed individuals, on average, are 35.3% more likely to be infected with the flu virus. The findings confirm a long-held assumption about one prevalent way illness spreads and could influence government policy on public health and several issues for private companies, from optimal design and management of physical work spaces […]

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New research shows substantially higher burden of COVID-19 compared to flu

In a paper published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, physician-researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) assessed the relative impact of COVID-19 on patients hospitalized with the viral infection in March and April 2020, versus patients hospitalized with influenza during the last five flu seasons at the medical center. Overall, the team demonstrated that COVID-19 cases resulted […]

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Colorado flu hospitalizations, deaths plummet during COVID-19 pandemic

Colorado is more than halfway through the annual flu season, and thanks to the aggressive public health measures taken to combat COVID-19 along with an uptick in vaccinations, the state has seen a staggering drop in serious influenza cases and deaths. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has recorded a total of 23 hospitalizations so far this flu […]

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Research calculates the years of life lost to COVID-19 in 81 countries

Research published in the journal Scientific Reports, with prominent participation by the Centre for Research in Health and Economics (CRES-UPF) and the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, has calculated the years of life lost (YLL) rate due to the pandemic in 81 countries. The major direct and indirect effects of covid-19 have forced the authorities to implement policies that […]

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What is Swine Flu?

Swine flu is a variant of influenza caused by the H1N1 virus. This virus strain caused a worldwide spread of infection from June 2009 to August 2010. The variant of the virus was termed 2009 H1N1 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its technical name is the (H1N1)pdm09 virus. Image Credit: Liya Graphics / Shutterstock.com Where did swine […]

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