November 2nd, 2012 → 11:41 am @ Head Nurse
In two separate studies presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, researchers say the influenza vaccine may reduce the risk of heart related disease and death by up to 50%. That supports current recommendations that people at high risk for flu-related complications, including people with heart disease, get vaccinated.
November 1st, 2012 → 11:24 am @ Head Nurse
People with diabetes are at unique risk for flu-related complications. In recognition of American Diabetes Month, Flu.gov wants to give you the knowledge you need to fight illness this flu season.
Diabetes can weaken your immune system, which makes it harder for your body to fight the flu virus. Being sick can raise your blood glucose and prevent you from eating properly.
The best protection is to get the flu vaccine. People with diabetes should get the flu shot, not the nasal spray
October 10th, 2012 → 5:55 pm @ Head Nurse
Frequently asked questions about the flu shot and the flu.
October 1st, 2012 → 1:35 pm @ Head Nurse
Heart disease can make your body too weak to fight off the flu. The flu can make your heart disease worse.
October 1st, 2012 → 1:30 pm @ Head Nurse
Having cancer does not put you at an increased risk for getting the flu. It does, however, put you at an increased risk of complications from the flu virus.
September 22nd, 2012 → 2:00 pm @ Head Nurse
How well the flu vaccine works (or its ability to prevent influenza illness) can range widely from season to season and also can vary depending on who is being vaccinated. At least two factors play an important role in determining the likelihood that influenza vaccine will protect a person from influenza illness: 1) characteristics of the person being vaccinated (such as their age and health), and 2) the similarity or “match” between the influenza viruses in the vaccine and those spreading in the community.
September 22nd, 2012 → 1:09 pm @ Head Nurse
Get all of your questions answered about the seasonal flu vaccine!
September 22nd, 2012 → 1:05 pm @ Head Nurse
The following lists include all groups recommended to get the flu vaccine, as well as those who are not recommended to receive either the flu shot or the nasal spray vaccine. Talk to your doctor or nurse if you have any questions regarding what flu vaccine options are best for you and your family.
September 22nd, 2012 → 1:00 pm @ Head Nurse
Over the last 50 years, seasonal flu vaccines have had very good safety track records. Over the years, hundreds of millions of Americans have received seasonal flu vaccines. The most common side effects following flu vaccinations are mild. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) closely monitor for any signs that flu vaccines are causing unexpected adverse events and are working with state and local health officials to investigate any unusual events.
September 22nd, 2012 → 12:56 pm @ Head Nurse
Get all of your questions answered about the flu!