Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. In the United States, flu season occurs in the fall and winter. The peak of flu season has occurred anywhere from late November through March. The overall health impact (e.g., infections, hospitalizations, and deaths) of a flu season varies from year to year.
Flu season has officially begun! Aside from washing your hands, getting enough sleep and exercising regularly, getting vaccinated is your best form of protection against the flu.
Adult vaccinations are valuable and increase in importance the older a person gets, and it’s imperative that adults reexamine their vaccination plans as they age.
Flu season starts in October and can last until May. There are a number of precautions you can take this flu season to avoid catching the flu, but the best form of protection is your annual flu vaccination.
While much attention has been focused on the Ebola outbreak that has claimed over 2,000 lives across West Africa, there are other, more easily spread infectious diseases lurking – like pandemic influenza virus. Gerald Parker, D.V.M., Ph.D., vice president for public health preparedness and response at the Texas A&M Health Science Center, speaks about pandemic influenza, its implications for society, and actions the public health community can take to mitigate damage and save lives.
As children return to school, parents can help protect children, communities and prevent disease outbreaks with recommended vaccinations that can be done at a local pharmacy or doctor’s office.
Vaccines are among the greatest achievements in the history of public health. However, past challenges with vaccine development processes and frequent shortages during times of need have highlighted the importance of more extensive and reliable manufacturing operations.
Each year, we hear about the importance of getting a flu vaccination to protect our health. Some people do so, but others opt against it, thinking they have a slim chance of catching the flu or they are simply immune. But the fact is that the influenza virus changes every single year and the season lasts through May.
Pneumonia can affect anyone at anytime, especially if you are at risk. Professional student pharmacists are organizing a 5K memorial run to raise funds for a scholarship in honor of an associate dean who died from complications of pneumonia.