The 2016–2017 flu season is off to a slow start, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicts an uptick in flu activity in the coming weeks and months. Here are some tips to help prepare and inform you as flu appears in your community:
- Get a Flu Shot: CDC recommends a flu shot for everyone six months old and older. Flu vaccines protect against the three or four flu viruses most likely to spread in a given season. What segments of the population are most vulnerable to flu-related complications? The very young, people aged 65 and older, pregnant women, and people with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease are most at risk for complications.
To help avoid spreading the flu to those in their care, health care workers and people who care for vulnerable populations, including families of babies under the age of six months, should be sure to get their flu shot.
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Planning a beach vacation this summer? You should know about a group of naturally-occurring bacteria found in the warm coastal, especially brackish waters of the US that pose a rare but potentially serious risk to raw seafood consumers, anglers, commercial fishermen and others engaged in salt water-based activities. The culprits are several species of Vibrio bacteria. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Vibrio are responsible for an estimated 80,000 cases of infection—known as vibriosis—in the US every year. When Vibrio invades the bloodstream, the res...
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