Dr. Michael Jackson addresses some of the top questions as to why this year's influenza vaccine is not as effective as hoped.
On December 3, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a health advisory, warning that the upcoming influenza season could be severe. KPWHRI's Dr. Mike Jackson offers his perspective on why this year's flu season may be hard to predict.
Thanks to a new flu vaccine being distributed this flu season, seniors are getting more protection against serious seasonal flu viruses.
Why aren’t pregnant women getting flu vaccine?—Both mother and fetus are at increased risk for complications of flu infection during pregnancy. Prenatal care providers say they’re advising women to get the flu vaccine, but many pregnant women opt out.
Most parents choose to protect their children from diseases such as measles, meningitis, polio, and whooping cough through vaccinations. But a rising number opt not to vaccinate their children fully according to the recommended schedule, and many parents have concerns about the safety or necessity of vaccines.
Delaying the first dose of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) and measles-mumps-rubella-varicella (MMRV) vaccines in children older than 15 months—outside the recommended schedule—may actually more than double the risk of fever-related seizures.
Although this year’s flu season is pretty typical, we’re seeing more hospitalizations of people under age 65 than normal, probably because H1N1 is the predominant virus and it affects younger people more than other flu strains.
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