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What You Need to Know About This Season’s Brutal Flu
PBS
January 16, 2018
"This year's flu outbreak is the most widespread the Centers for Disease Control has ever seen. Doctor visits are climbing and pediatric deaths from the illness are up as well. What makes it so severe? Dr. Amber Robins of Georgetown University joins John Yang to discuss the flu vaccine and other tips for prevention."
Century After Pandemic, Science Takes Its Best Shot at Flu
Associated Press
January 17, 2018
"The descriptions are haunting/ Some victims felt fine in the morning and were dead by night. Faces turned blue as patients coughed up blood. Stacked bodies outnumbered coffins. A century after one of history's most catastrophic disease outbreaks, scientists are rethinking how to guard against another super-flu like the 1918 influenza that killed tens of millions as it swept the globe."
10-year-old Boy Dies of Complications from the Flu
New York Post (NY)
January 16, 2018
"A 10-year-old boy died over the weekend of complications from the flu as he was returning home from a hockey tournament in Western New York, according to officials. Nico Mallozzi, of New Canaan, Conn., started feeling sick last Thursday, but wanted to travel with his team to Buffalo for the weekend sports trip, the Stamford Advocate reports."
The Flu Vaccine is Only About 30% Effective But You Should Get It Anyway
Quartz
January 16, 2018
"Flu season is upon us, and hitting hard. That's one reason American health officials are urging people to get vaccinated. Some media reports have speculated that this year's flu shot will only be about 10% effective for Americans, based on results seen in Australia during its flu season. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it expects this year's effectiveness rate to be closer to last year's number, between 32% and 39%."
VERIFY: Is It Too Late to Get a Flu Shot?
WUSA9 (VA)
January 16, 2018
"VERIFY FLU FAST FACTS: QUESTION 1- Is it too late to get a flu shot? ANSWER 1- Nope, there's still 13 weeks left of the flu season and the DMV still has supplied available. QUESTION 2- Is the flu vaccine only 10 percent effective? QUESTION 2- This prediction was based off an Australian study and is off. The vaccines about 30 percent effective. Getting vaccinated won't mean you can't contract the flu, it means your symptoms will be less severe: where you would have taken a week off for work, perhaps you'll only experience mild symptoms that let you continue powering through work."
UCF Medical Researchers Working on Flu Shot That Would Last a Lifetime
Fox 10 (AZ)
January 16, 2018
"The 2017-2018 flu season is a particularly nasty one. This season's flu vaccine formulation has a relatively low effectiveness against the dominant strain of the virus that is making so many people sick. But researchers at the University of Central Florida's College of Medicine are working on a vaccine that would not have to be reformulated every year and would protect you for life."
What Anti-Vaccination Groups Tell Us About Facebook’s Filter Bubbles
ABC (AU)
January 15, 2018
"Did Facebook invent the "filter bubble"? Or is it created by our tendency to seek out views that fit us snugly like a well-worn T-shirt? These questions were chewed over long before the 2016 US Presidential election became defined by algorithmically-driven fake news, but sociologists remain unsure. Even the term "filter bubble" is controversial. Loosely, it refers to the way the internet is likely to serve us views we like over those we do not."
EDITORIAL Flu Vaccine Is an Obligation, Not a Choice
VC Star (CA)
January 16, 2018
"The number of flu-related deaths in Ventura County continues to climb, and beyond the basics of contagious-disease prevention like washing your hands and not sharing food or drinks, there's really only one thing you can do about it: Get the flu vaccine if you haven't already."
The Nasty Business of Flu in Idaho
Boise Weekly (ID)
January 17, 2018
"Most people do whatever possible to avoid the flu, but Randi Pedersen deals with illness for a living. As the newly hired influenza surveillance coordinator for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Pedersen is constantly checking with emergency rooms, outpatient clinics and laboratories across Idaho to help identify circulating strains of the bug."
Flu Widespread in US; No Antiviral Resistance Reported
Healio
January 17, 2018
"Influenza is widespread across virtually the entire continental United States this season, and H3N2 remains the dominant circulating strain, CDC officials said during a Grand Rounds presentation. "This is something we don't normally see, but the take-home message is that the flu is in a lot of places at the same time," Daniel B. Jernigan, MD, MPH, director of the CDC's Influenza Division, said during the live-streamed presentation."
Measles Outbreak ‘A Legacy of MMR Vaccination Scare’
The Times (UK)
January 17, 2018
"More than 100 measles cases have now been seen in outbreaks across England that have been blamed on the legacy of the MMR scare. A further 23 cases were reported over the Christmas period, bringing the total to 122 across Surrey, Manchester, West Yorkshire, Cheshire and the West Midlands."