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The coronavirus epidemic has sparked worldwide fears over an impending pandemic, but there's a lot of misinformation about the crisis. Dr. Kara Cecil, assistant professor of public health at the University of Indianapolis, joined Indiana Public Broadcasting's All IN to separate fact from fiction. 

As Flu Season Approaches Doctor Pushes For Vaccination

Nov 21, 2018
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Last year Indiana saw one of the worst flu season in recent years, with more than 300 reported deaths.

Crowded Homeless Shelters And The Vicious Flu Brew Perfect Storm

Mar 7, 2018
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The flu descended on Connie Gabaldon like a fog, she recalled, clouding her mind and compromising her judgment. It progressed to chest and back pain, the aches perhaps made worse by a fall the 66-year-old had while riding the bus in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Why Some Kids Might Not Get FluMist This Year

Aug 10, 2016
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Most Michigan pediatricians will be following the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control, which says children ages 2-17 should get a regular flu vaccine injection this year, not the FluMist nasal spray vaccine.

Worried About The Flu Shot? Let's Separate Fact From Fiction

Nov 25, 2015

Every year before influenza itself arrives to circulate, misinformation and misconceptions about the flu vaccine begin circulating. Some of these contain a grain of truth but end up distorted, like a whispered secret in the Telephone game.

But if you're looking for an excuse not to get the flu vaccine, last year's numbers of its effectiveness would seem a convincing argument on their own. By all measures, last season's flu vaccine flopped, clocking in at about 23 percent effectiveness in preventing lab-confirmed influenza infections.

As expected, this year's flu vaccine looks like it's pretty much of a dud.

The vaccine only appears to cut the chances that someone will end up sick with the flu by 23 percent, according to the first estimate of the vaccine's effectiveness by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

We may be in for a nasty flu season. That's the warning out today from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC is worried because the most common strain of flu virus circulating in the United States is one called H3N2. In previous years, H3N2 strains have tended to send more people to the hospital than other strains — and cause more deaths, especially among the elderly, children and people with other health problems.

Measles is often lumped in with flu and chickenpox as mild childhood illnesses. But people who got measles during outbreaks in the United Kingdom say they were pretty darned sick, missing two weeks of school or work on average.

A bout of the measles lasted 14 days on average, according to a study by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Public Health England. That added up to having to take 10 days off work or school. More than a third of people needed someone to stay home to take care of them, too.

Twitter is constantly overloaded with tweets about people getting sick or having the flu. Could researchers use Twitter to track and map flu patterns?

Climate Change And The Flu

Jun 3, 2014
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Climate changes are responsible for many agricultural problems, but did you know they could also be responsible for early flu outbreaks?