New Approach to Creating Flu Vaccines Can Help Make Them Universal

Every year health workers introduce new flu vaccines designed to protect people against a particular set of strains that is expected to rage this season. However, such guesswork is not always fruitful, and the response of the immune system can prove to be insufficient. Now researchers have rolled out a new solution which can help solve this issue. Image Credit: nursing.arizona.edu How do standard vaccines work? A team from the University of California collaborated with their Chinese colleagues to develop a new...

Flu After Flu: Is It Possible?

The short answer is yes. Even if you’ve already faced the challenge of catching the rivers of fluids escaping your nose and could cook eggs on your forehead this season, it does not mean you have got enough protection to keep another flu strain at bay. Image Credit: Subotina Anna / Shutterstock The short answer is yes. Even if you’ve already faced the challenge of catching the rivers of fluids escaping your nose and could cook eggs on your forehead this season, it does not mean you have got enough protection to ke...

Vaccination is not a Universal Means of Fighting against Flu

Our world is constantly changing; we invent new technologies and new ways of adaptation to the difficulties in our lives. We can say the same about viruses. Viruses also evolve and became resistant to vaccines. Image Credit: CatLane / Istockphoto.com Natural selection shaped the evolution of humans, animals, plants and all living organisms on our planet; the same process takes place in a vast and invisible for human eye world of viruses. Although viruses cannot live independently, because they need a host organi...

Fluzone High Dose – What does It Actually Prevent?

Influenza virus infection is a serious disease that sometimes leads to hospitalization and even death. Flu is different every year and the vaccine is also different. Even very healthy people can get really sick and infect the others. Image Credit: Catherine Yeulet / iStock Flu vaccines make body generate antibodies which protect us against the diseases caused by the viruses that the vaccine contains. Usually vaccines protect against three influenza viruses: influenza A (H1N1), influenza A (H3N2), and influenza B....

Flu Vaccination. Yes or No?

Flu travels very fast over the world and can very easily spread among population, in big cities especially. In countries with mild climate flu season starts in fall-winter. Flu is not a dangerous disease in itself, but its consequences are dangerous. Flu consequences include pneumonia, otitis, and myocarditis. Image Credit: Brian Snyder / Reuters Flu that has been mistaken for a common cold and undertreated can cause death. Children and seniors are at risk, as always. In the modern world vaccination is considered...

Should You or Should You not Do Flu Vaccination?

A flu vaccine exists to protect against a serious illness and should be available to the entire population. However, each person makes a decision about vaccination. What information about the flu vaccine is most important? Let’s find out. Image Credit: colonialhealthcare.com Flu virus: short profile Influenza is not a simple virus that can easily be coped with, so doctors insist on using flu vaccination. Flu is a severe disease with serious consequences. Every year in the flu season from October to May thousands ...

Flu vs. Food Poisoning: Know the Difference

Whatever we eat, wherever we live, we all get sick sometimes. Diarrhea and nausea are so common that they usually just make us annoyed rather than scared; and more often than not, we can determin the culprit - that two-day old egg salad or a drink with cubes of ice made of untreated water. But sometimes it seems like everyone around us gets sick at the same time - we call it stomach flu. The illness The so-called "stomach flu" or "stomach bug" has nothing to do with real flu. The latter is caused by different ...

How to Protect Yourself from the Flu. Health Tips

You hear cough and sneezes, and you realize - it's already in the air. It seems there is not a single possibility to escape from it. It's flu - a disease, we most often experience. This disease caused by viruses is an extremely contagious. It produces chill, body aches, sore throat, fever and a diversity of respiratory problems. For infants and elder people, it can become a serious medical problem. That's why it's so important to protect your relatives and yourself against the flu, before you got the infection. ...

Gastric Flu Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

Before discussing the problems regarding stomach flu and the causes of the disorder, it is necessary to know what it is. The cells around the small intestine are infected and damaged. They produce leaky fluid which leads to watery stool. This disorder is called diarrhea (dehydration). As a matter of fact, dehydration is the most visible gastric flu symptom. Agents Сausing Infection Rotavirus is the most common gastric flu cause in kids under 5. When rotavirus infects the wall of intestines, kids suffer from s...

Mandatory Swine Flu Vaccination

Swine flu is, perhaps, the most much-talked-of recent issue. And, though, there has been enough articles on its account, even more burning question is the one about vaccines and their benefits and drawbacks. At the present moment healthcare industry is ready to offer a broad range of vaccines like Influvac, Pandemrix, Fluzone, Optaflu and FluMist (Live attenuated), also Acam-flu. Still, their usage and efficiency regarding swine flu are debated. There have been other vaccines but all in all they lack one importa...

Swine Flu Vaccine Ingredients

Any vaccine production is quite long process. The whole procedure of production and testing is taking approximately 19 weeks. To some extend the reason is that its production starts from virus growing. After the virus multiplied, it’s isolated and purified to receive the vaccine. Then the vaccine needs to be clinically investigated on various patients. The purpose of the initial examination is to determine the effectiveness and short-term safety of (security within a month after admission). Only after these serious...

How Long Does the Flu Last?

Flu is an acute infectious disease of respiratory passages. It is less common than colds but both illnesses have similar symptoms. The main symptoms including aching muscles, headache, chills, sore throat, runny nose and stomach upset appear at the hardest period for the body which fights with the virus from 4 to 5 day and the recovery period is up to 14 days. Track Your Symptoms Day 1-2 Symptoms: Attacked by the virus, you feel shiver, dizzy, a headache and a high temperature which usually goes down in 2 day...

Swine Flu Incubation Period

Though swine flu is not that scary as Ebola or other deadly viruses, it nevertheless shook the world back in 2009. Fortunately, since then no other outbreak of the disease has happened. Still, as flu itself is quite a widespread virus among humans, it may be useful to learn some facts about its ‘cousin’ that became first known after being diagnosed among pigs. Image Credit: 123rf.com By definition, swine flu is a respiratory disease that affects pigs. As Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state, it...

Swine Flu Pandemic Will Spread to Complete Coverage of all Susceptible Populations

Swine flu pandemic (in some mass media – “Mexican flu”) is a new type of swine flu appeared in March and April 2009, wherein there were infected many people in Mexico, its regions and same parts of USA. July 11, 2009 was the day when World Health Organization for the first time announced about the introduction of sixth, maximum level threat pandemic in connection with A/H1N1 virus impetuous spreading all over the world. New strain of virus formed out of human A group virus (sub-type H1N1, which led to Spanish in...

Swine Flu Has Already Existed in Twentieth Century

Scientists and doctors’ warnings came true. Human and bird flu have met in swine organism and appeared an awful and dangerous bird flu and, transferred from person to person, human one. The universe is really in danger of fatal epidemy. If you consider that new virus (H1N1) is similar to 1918 “Spanish influenza”, it is evident why authorities of most countries are frustrated, because that virus was also ? (H1N1) variety. According to the most unpretentious estimations, Spanish influenza killed not less than 20 mill...

The Whole Truth about Swine Flu and its Symptoms

Swine flu is a respiratory disorder, caused by A type flu, usually swine’s affect. There are many variations of the virus and it’s constantly changes. It hasn’t transferred to people up-to-date, however its latest form overcame this barrier and may spread from person to person by means of airborne. People, who fell sick with swine flu, are mainly grown-ups, though it is predominantly children and aged people affected illness. Swine flu symptoms are similar to ordinary flue. (H1N1) virus appears through muscle pain...