Tag Archives: preventing the flu

CDC says flu season is just beginning

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports that the flu season may finally be starting up. So, it’s NOT too late to get your family immunized.

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Zinc for the common cold—not if, but when

A new Cochrane Review finds that zinc supplementation CAN reduce the duration and severity of a cold SOME, but ONLY if it’s started early on.

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Busted: Top five flu myths

‘Tis the season for colder weather, impending family gatherings, holiday preparations … and sick days caused by colds and the flu. Along with flu season comes the age-old bits of wisdom from our grandmothers (and their grandmothers). What’s correct and what’s … Continue reading

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Cold and Flu Old Wives’ Tales Debunked

Was mom’s stay-well advice right? Don’t go out with wet hair. Rest. Cover your mouth when you cough.

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Regular exercise wards off colds and flu

Earlier this week I discussed how regular exercise can reduce your risk of depression. It can also help you reduce your risk or colds and the flu. The CNN “The Chart” blog reported, “Working out regularly helps ward off colds … Continue reading

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Vitamin D Supplements Reduce the Risk of Flu – Especially in Children

The doctors of pharmacology at the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database are reminding us healthcare professions to inform our patients that vitamin D supplements may reduce the chance of getting influenza. Vitamin D levels decrease during the winter months, during the … Continue reading

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New Flu Shot Guidelines Are Out For Children

According to a report in HealthDay News, all children and adolescents 6 months of age and older should receive the annual trivalent influenza vaccine this flu season. The updated recommendations are from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The AAP also … Continue reading

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How Much Sunlight Is Equivalent to Vitamin D Supplementation?

Readers of this blog are well aware than many (if not most) Americans have insufficient to deficient levels of vitamin D. Other than prescribing oral vitamin D or vitamin D-containing foods, we doctors were left with prescribing a little sunshine. … Continue reading

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Vitamin D helps fend off flu and asthma attacks

In a recent study of Japanese schoolchildren, vitamin D supplements taken during the winter and early spring helped prevent seasonal flu and asthma attacks. Here’s more on the study from Reuters Health: The idea for the study, study chief Dr. … Continue reading

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Deaths from H1N1 vaccine = ZERO. Deaths from H1N1 illness approaching 7000.

As of 15 November 2009, the World Health Association (WHO) is reporting that worldwide more than 206 countries and overseas territories or communities have reported laboratory confirmed cases of pandemic influenza H1N1 2009, including over 6770 deaths. So, the outlandish predictions that … Continue reading

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Suplements for Colds or the Flu. What works? What does not?

Demand continues to rise for supplements for colds and flu … despite the lack of hard evidence for most of them. However, some may work. Find out more about them here. Nasal saline irrigation can reduce nasal congestion, sore throat, … Continue reading

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Reason Three to Get the Swine Flu Vaccine – Previously healthy people are almost as likely to die from Swine flu

As I recommend the Swine flu vaccine in the office, most healthy adults tell me, “I’ve never had the flu, I have no medical problems, so why should I take it?” The reason was just revealed yesterday when the CDC … Continue reading

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Handwashing to prevent the flu: What water temperature and how long?

Most of you should be aware, by now, that frequent hand washing not only helps protect you from the flu, but also a variety of other potential infections. It also helps, if you are carrying a disease, to prevent you … Continue reading

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Reason Two to Get the Swine Flu Vaccine – It Will Prevent Death

The good news about the Swine flu (2009 H1N1) epidemic is that, so far, it’s been very mild. Most of the patients I’m seeing in the office with Swine flu are no sicker than they would be with the seasonal … Continue reading

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Reason One to Get the Swine Flu Vaccine – It’s Safe and Effective

Up to 1/3 of Americans who are asked say that they believe the Swine flu vaccine is not safe and/or it has not been tested enough. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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Experts recommend N95 masks over surgical masks to stop spread of H1N1

In an earlier blog, I told you that the only facial apparatus that is likely to protect you from the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus is what they call a “respirator,” which refers to an N95 or higher filtering facepiece respirator … Continue reading

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Is the 2009 H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine Safe? An Update

I’m getting tons of emails and questions at the practice about the safety of the Swine flu vaccine (the Swine flu is now officially called the “2009 H1N1 influenza). Will it be safe? Will it cause cancer? Will it contain … Continue reading

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Will the Swine Flu Vaccine be safe?

At my practice, patients are already asking about the safety of H1N1 (Swine) flu vaccine – event though it’s not likely to be out for a month or two. Here’s what I am telling them. More Information:

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10 Ways to Stay Flu-Free

ABC News is reporting, that with flu season less than a month away, it isn’t too soon to take steps to protect yourself from influenza. And, since the flu can knock you out for a couple of weeks, catching it … Continue reading

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