Category Archives: Influenza

Guess What’s Linked to Increased Flu Hospitalizations?

You’ll never guess (boldface mine): “This year’s flu activity has predominantly been H1N1, the same strain that caused pandemic in 2009, and it hasn’t mutated substantially,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC in a press call Thursday. “It’s … Continue reading

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We Are Playing a Game of Telephone Regarding H1N1 Influenza And It Will Get People Killed

I don’t know how this happened, but I’m seeing news reports that are then being circulated around the intertoobz claiming that this year’s flu vaccine doesn’t protect against H1N1 influenza. This is untrue (under “Antigentic Characterization”; boldface mine): CDC has … Continue reading

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Sequestration Is a Disaster For NIH–And Potentially All of Us

You know all those bad predictions about NIH funding you might have heard about? Guess what? Conventional wisdom was wrong–it’s worse that previously thought (boldface mine): An already stagnant budget was made worse this spring when Congress and the White … Continue reading

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Tragic Influenza-Related Factoid of the Day

From the Boston Globe (boldface mine): Roughly 100 children die in an average flu season. One exception was the swine flu pandemic of 2009-2010, when 348 children died. The CDC recommends that all children ages 6 months and older be … Continue reading

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This Is Why Anti-Vaccination Has a Rightwing Bias

I’ve noted elsewhere that anti-vaccination sentiment is more likely to be found on the right, despite the common misperception that it is primarily leftwing phenomenon. If we want to know why this is the case, we have to plumb the … Continue reading

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The Limits of Individualism: Why You Need to Get a Flu Shot

Before I get into this, everyone should check out PalMD’s post on flu–it’s a neat little post. One of the reasons that people don’t get flu shots is that we haven’t done a good job of explaining to people why … Continue reading

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MA Hospital Influenza Vaccination Still Inadequate: Just Mandate It Already

A while ago, we discussed how anti-vaccination idiocy by hospital staff enabled the spread of influenza to critically ill patients. So we read with dismay the following from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (God Bless It!; boldface mine): Roughly 81 percent … Continue reading

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How Influenza Spreads Through a Hospital: It’s the (Lack of) Vaccination, Stupid

Now that summer is near, let’s talk about influenza (I’m a little behind on some items). A while ago, I came across this post which demonstrates just how critical influenza vaccination (the ‘flu shot’) is for medical personnel (boldface mine): … Continue reading

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When It Comes to Vaccination, We Are All Morons

It seems this issue hasn’t been politicized (yet). Now, if only more people would get their flu shots…
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On Car Insurance and Public Health Programs: The Swine Flu Edition

Shamefully, the British Medical Journal embraced conspiracy theory crapola about pandemic influenza precautions.
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