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Develop Your Flu Strategy

Flu season is approaching rapidly. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that US flu related deaths can vary from 3,000 to 49,000 people depending on the year. The CDC recommends the following flu prevention tips […]

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A Mid-flu Season Update

Flu IQ Widget. Flash Player 9 or above is required. Flu Snapshot: As of February, 2014, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports seasonal flu activity is elevated nationally, but rates vary from place to place, rising in some areas, declining in others. Flu activity, which usually peaks in January or February, […]

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How to Tell the Difference between the Flu and the Common Cold

The winter holidays are for gathering with family and friends, but sometimes we exchange more than gifts and small talk during the festivities. Cold and flu viruses are usually present in impressive numbers at holiday functions, turning every guest into a potential host–of a viral infection. Sick is sick, and it’s never fun to be […]

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When Flu Comes a-Knockin’ at Your Door: Ten Steps to Prevent Flu Spreading through Your Household

Flu season is here again, and although “influenza activity”–to use the language of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—is low right now, it is expected to increase in the coming weeks. So, what steps should you take when flu comes a-knockin’ at your door? How can you reduce the risk of infection […]

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Flu Vaccination Blitz Needed for Long-term Healthcare Workers

The flu vaccine represents the single best strategy for preventing the flu, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Many healthcare workers are vaccinated every year to help reduce their risk of contracting the flu and spreading it to their patients and families.  Long-term care patients in particular may be prone […]

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Avoiding Swine Flu at the County Fair

County and state fairs are popular late-summer events in many regions of America. In addition to cash for the carnival rides, funnel cakes and “food on a stick”, this year’s fair-goers should equip themselves with an awareness of a new flu strain that is being spread by pigs to people—a variant of H3N2 called H3N2v. […]

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Hand-washing and the Role of Feedback in Hygiene Strategies

Can video cameras be used to encourage health care workers to wash their hands? Yes, according to one study, but only if video-monitoring is combined with continuous feedback to workers. Feedback, that is, as in progress displayed on electronic boards mounted in hospital hallways! Are there other uses for the monitor and feedback approach? Hand-washing […]

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Norovirus: The “Stomach Flu” That is Not a Flu

Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that causes flu-like symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramping. (Image from CDC website) The dreaded “stomach flu” that hits particularly hard in winter is not a flu at all. It is norovirus, a highly contagious virus that causes symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting and stomach cramping. According to […]

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InFLUenza: Early 2012 Update and Tips for Staying Healthy

Flu News: 2011-2012 Flu Season: So Far, So Good Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) flu prevalence maps indicate flu season is off to a slow start. But don’t be complacent: Flu activity most often peaks during the month of FEBRUARY. Flu Season is Unpredictable In the U.S., on average, 5 -20% of the […]

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Flu Shots: Save Your Health, Your Marriage, Your Holiday

As brilliant gold and red leaves fall from the trees, the majesty of winter is ushered in, along with…flu season. Flu season also coincides with the busiest travel period of the year, an unfortunate coincidence that according to the Walgreens Flu Impact Report, contributed to foiling the plans of over three million US vacations last […]

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