Influenza and other respiratory virus activity continues to escalate in the United States

Influenza and other respiratory virus activity continues to escalate in the United States

CNN — Seventeen states, Washington, DC and New York, are reporting high or very high respiratory disease activity amid a flu season that is hitting harder and earlier than usual, according to data released Friday by the Centers for United States Disease Control and Prevention. Influenza activity continues to increase in the United States – … Read more

Influenza and other respiratory virus activity continues to escalate in the United States

Influenza and other respiratory virus activity continues to escalate in the United States

CNN — Seventeen states, Washington, DC and New York, are reporting high or very high respiratory disease activity amid a flu season that is hitting harder and earlier than usual, according to data released Friday by the Centers for United States Disease Control and Prevention. Influenza activity continues to increase in the United States – … Read more

Who should get the flu shot and why? Our medical analyst explains

Who should get the flu shot and why?  Our medical analyst explains

CNN — Welcome to this year’s flu season. This year’s flu strain has already started spreading in the United States, according to new data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There have been at least 880,000 flu cases, nearly 7,000 hospitalizations and, tragically, 360 flu deaths this fall, including one pediatric … Read more

Who should get the flu shot and why? Our medical analyst explains

Who should get the flu shot and why?  Our medical analyst explains

CNN — Welcome to this year’s flu season. This year’s flu strain has already started spreading in the United States, according to new data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There have been at least 880,000 flu cases, nearly 7,000 hospitalizations and, tragically, 360 flu deaths this fall, including one pediatric … Read more

Monkeypox can spread before symptoms start, study finds

Monkeypox can spread before symptoms start, study finds

CNN — According to a new modeling study from the UK, more than half of monkeypox cases in the current outbreak may have been passed on to others before symptoms appeared. The study, which was led by disease modellers from the UK Health Security Agency, is contrary to current public health guidance on the spread … Read more

CDC wants to change ‘outdated’ rules that hamper agency’s ability to fight Covid, polio and other diseases

CDC wants to change ‘outdated’ rules that hamper agency’s ability to fight Covid, polio and other diseases

CNN — This summer, when the shocking news emerged that there was a case of polio in New York, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention immediately turned to Shoshana Bernstein. The agency urgently needed to increase polio vaccination rates in Rockland County, New York. And though Bernstein is neither a doctor nor a … Read more

High blood pressure rose even earlier in pandemic, study finds

High blood pressure rose even earlier in pandemic, study finds

CNN — In the United States, people with high blood pressure saw their levels increase during the first eight months of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new study. When a person has high blood pressure, the force of their blood pushes against the walls of their blood vessels, making their heart less efficient. The … Read more

RSV vaccine trial shows promising results, says Pfizer; the company will seek FDA approval this year

RSV vaccine trial shows promising results, says Pfizer;  the company will seek FDA approval this year

CNN — Pfizer says it has enough promising data on its respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, vaccine designed to protect newborns that it will end study enrollment and submit for approval by the United States Food and Drug Administration by the end of the year. RSV is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild … Read more

Flu hospitalizations hit their highest level in a decade in October

Flu hospitalizations hit their highest level in a decade in October

The U.S. flu season got off to a quick and early start, with the highest hospitalization rates for this time of year in more than a decade, according to federal data. Estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed on Friday that there had been at least 880,000 cases of the flu this … Read more

COVID-19 may be behind the increase in RSV disease in children. Here’s why.

COVID-19 may be behind the increase in RSV disease in children.  Here’s why.

A number of young children are being hospitalized with respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, and it is happening at an unusual time of year and in older children than in previous years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, RSV infections and related emergency room visits and hospitalizations are approaching seasonal peaks in … Read more