Category Archives: Influenza

Flu Vaccination Helps

A lot (boldface mine): These high hospitalization rates equated with a substantial influenza burden of illness during the 2016–2017 season with an estimated 30.9 million people getting sick with influenza, 14.5 million going to a health care provider for influenza, … Continue reading

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In Public Health, Defending The Status Quo Isn’t Good Enough

Public health programs, which is to say their funding, are under assault by Il Trumpe and the Republicans (WORST BAND NAME EVAR). Recently, they announced they would cut programs that track and combat infectious disease in other countries–for those of … Continue reading

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If You Ever Wonder Why Doctors And Scientists Get Shouty About Vaccination

Here’s why (boldface mine): Ms. Rogers had been sick for five days. Because she used an inhaler, Dr. Greenberg offered her a prescription for Tamiflu, even though it normally is effective only within the first two days of infection. Ms. … Continue reading

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Sick Leave Lowers Flu Transmission: Lessons From D.C.

I’ve discussed many, many, many times how stupid it is to oppose sick leave policies. After all, do you really want someone who is sick handling your food? (Answer: no). A recent working paper appears to back up that claim. … Continue reading

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Influenza and The Misuse of Antibiotics

Sometimes I think nothing changes when it comes to the responsible use of antibiotics (boldface mine): Antibiotic prescriptions were given to nearly half of all flu patients, and half of those prescriptions were for broad-spectrum antibiotics… Out of 14,487 patients … Continue reading

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Do This

Flu season is starting, so protect other people from you–get your flu shot:

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A Public Health Question About the Bird Influenza Epidemic

You might not be aware of a massive bird flu epidemic ripping its way across the U.S.: Iowa, where one in every five eggs consumed in the country is laid, has been the hardest hit: More than 40 percent of … Continue reading

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