Friday, January 25, 2013
Does a flu shot cause the flu? Do healthy people need to be vaccinated? Here are the answers to some myths about flu shots.
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Friday, January 25
According to The Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, MI, the flu vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your family. However, misconceptions about vaccination persist. Here are seven common myths about vaccination: Flu Myth #1 A Flu Shot Causes the Flu A flu shot cannot cause flu illness. The influenza viruses contained in a flu shot are inactivated (killed), which means they cannot cause infection. Flu vaccine manufacturers kill the viruses used in the vaccine during the process of making vaccine, and batches of flu vaccine are tested to make sure they are safe. In randomized, blinded studies, where some people get flu shots and others get salt-water shots, the only differences in symptoms was increased soreness in the arm …
Sunday, January 13, 2013
District says students who come to school with flu symptoms will be evaluated by the school’s nurse and sent home.
Sunday, January 13
Lemont-Bromberek School District 113A has posted the following cautionary letter to parents and guardians on its website: Dear Parents and Guardians: As you know, cold and influenza season is upon us and the best way to reduce the spread of any influenza-like illness is to practice good hygiene. We, therefore, continue to encourage you to teach/remind your children to wash their hands often; to keep their hands away from their face, eyes, nose, and mouth; and to cover coughs and sneezes with their sleeve or a tissue. For more prevention tips, please visit the Illinois Department of Public Health online at http://www.idph.state.il.us/flu/index.htm Please keep your child home from school if he or she shows any flu symptoms, including …
Flu vaccination is recommended as the first line of defense, coupled with preventative actions such as frequent hand-washing and staying home when you're sick.
Sunday, January 13
Editor's note: The following is a press release issued by the American Lung Association. Influenza activity continues to increase in the United States, with most of the country now experiencing high levels of influenza-like-illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) weekly flu report. The American Lung Association strongly recommends that consumers protect themselves by getting a flu vaccine and taking preventive action to stop the spread of germs. Those who do get severely ill, especially people in high risk groups, should seek antiviral treatment as soon as possible. “We can’t emphasize enough how important it is and how easy it is to provide your family with as much protection as possible by getting …
As the bug keeps spreading, we need to do what we can to stay healthy.