Monday, January 14, 2013
Does a flu shot cause the flu? Do healthy people need a shot? Here are the answers to some myths.
The flu vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your family. However, misconceptions about vaccination persist. Here are seven common myths about vaccination. If you're looking to get a flu vaccination, here is a list of places to go in Plymouth and Canton. Flu Myth #1 A Flu Shot Causes the Flu No, a flu shot cannot cause flu illness. The influenza viruses contained in a flu shot are inactivated (killed), which means they cannot cause infection. Flu vaccine manufacturers kill the viruses used in the vaccine during the process of making vaccine, and batches of flu vaccine are tested to make sure they are safe. In randomized, blinded studies, where some people get flu shots and others get salt-water shots, the only differences in…
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Two Fenton residents have died after experiencing flu-like symptoms this month.
Two recent deaths in Fenton linked to flu-related symptoms have Michigan residents a little more on edge about the illness. Lake Fenton freshman Joshua Polehna, 15, died Saturday after being hospitalized with flu-like symptoms. Last week, Fenton resident and father of five Kirk Beauchamp, 44, died three days after becoming ill with flu symptoms. Twenty-nine states, including Michigan, are now reporting high Influeza-like illness activity, according to the Center for Disease Control. Flu season has hit hard and early this year. As of last week, 285 confirmed cases had been reported statewide, including three pediatric deaths, according to the Detroit Free Press. "We had some early (outbreak) years in '03 and '07, but this is the earliest I …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Here's where to get an influenza vaccine, how to recognize symptoms and what to know about treatment if you get sick.
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Friday, December 14, 2012
Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: This time last year, flu cases were lower in Michigan than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends. (Specific data for the Farmington area is not available on Flu Trends.) Overall in Michigan, activity is considered high now, while it was low at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends. If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some Plymouth and Canton-area locations that offer the vaccine: According to this week's CDC Flu activity report, influenza levels are on the increase across the country. Five states – Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee – are reporting flu rates not normally seen until January, according to the Centers for Disease …