H1N1 is a flu that is quickly spreading throughout
the United States. H1N1 is a dangerous and potentially
life-threatening flu and unlike the regular flu it can affect people of
any age. The flu vaccine is recommend for anyone over 6 months old
and for people with health conditions such as diabetes, and chronic
hepatitis B or C. In 2009, H1N1 caused 12,000 deaths in the United
States. It’s not too late to get the flu vaccine, but remember that it
can take a couple of weeks before the vaccine provides protection.
Check out our fact sheet on influenza written by Lucinda Porter, RN to learn about the symptoms and
ways to prevent the flu. -AF
The new flu season is ramping up across the U.S. with growing reports
of illness. For the first time since the 2009 influenza pandemic, H1N1
is the dominant circulating flu strain early in the season, according to
Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC says flu activity is increasing nationwide and is already
high in six states: Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Oklahoma and
Fall and winter months mean flu season is coming, and with it the many possible complications that come with influenza. People with chronic diseases like hepatitis C need to protect themselves from the flu because they are at higher risks for flu-related complications.
In the United States, more than 3 million people are infected with hepatitis C, though most who are don’t know it. If you are one of these people, you are at risk of flu complications including worsening of your underlying liver condition, pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections and ear infections.
This is important: The flu vaccine is recommended for those with HBV and HCV—Alan Franciscus.
25, 2013 — New research out of St. Michael’s Hospital has found that
despite popular belief, the flu shot is effective in preventing the flu,
even if the virus going around does not match the vaccine.
quite common for people to say they are not going to get the flu shot
this year because they’ve heard it does not match the strain of flu
going around,” said Dr. Andrea Tricco, the lead author of the paper and a
scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s
Hospital. “However, we’ve found that individuals will be protected
regardless of whether the flu strain is a match or not.”