Is Anyone Tracking the Flu During the Shutdown?

Normally during flu season the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lets us know the good and bad news, tracking how fast the flu is spreading, how severe it is and how well those flu shots are working. The information is especially important for figuring out next year’s batch of vaccines. But thanks to the ongoing government shutdown, the CDC hasn’t been able to update its FluView since Sept. 21, and its influenza activity map hasn’t been updated …

Grab the Sanitizer — Flu Season Finally Starts

Here’s hoping you haven’t procrastinated (like me) and have gotten your flu shot. If not, this is your (and my) last chance to get protected before flu season is in full swing. Because even though it’s the slowest start in 30 years, the flu season has officially begun, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In its FluView Surveillance Report, the CDC reports that for the first time this season, more than 10 percent of respiratory samples …

Want to Stay Healthy This Winter? Follow These Four Steps

Why is it that some people seem to sail through cold and flu season without a sniffle, while others can count on always catching that winter cold/flu/virus? Health magazine asked experts for the best, research-backed secrets for staying well. The article was aimed at mothers and grandmothers, but the advice applies to everyone. The number one tip was to get the flu vaccine, but after that, they suggested following these four simple steps: 1. Breathe some fresh air. Yes, of …

Is It Too Early For A Flu Shot?

How can you tell summer is over? Pharmacies are pushing flu shots. Yes, it’s that no-so-wonderful time of the year when we’re reminded that flu season is just around the corner and we all need a vaccination. But at least one doctor is advising his patients to wait a bit. USA Today reports that Tennessee doctor Scott Major doesn’t plan to start urging his patients to get the shots until later this month or early October. The family practitioner worries …

Keeping Away Serious Sniffles

Shaarp Session gets sick and remembers how important a flu shot is.