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The CDC is still urging people to get vaccinated. This flu season has been far harder than expected—thanks to the polar vortex creating ideal conditions in most of the country, and to H1N1 being the active strain this year (remember, there was an H1N1 pandemic a few years ago). Normally, flu vaccination campaigns are targeted […]

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Before You Vacation…

December 20, 2013

…Pack insect repellent, and a few long sleeve shirts (linen breathes well in the heat). Another disease has landed in the Americas. The CDC is warning Caribbean vacationers to avoid mosquito bites, which are the source of transmission. Called chikungunya, it causes fatigue, rash, nausea, joint pain, and a few other possible symptoms like eye […]

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The Center For Disease Control is currently affected by the government shutdown. While running at low capacity they aren’t able to track new infectious diseases as usual, and that includes tracking the spread of the flu. If the government shutdown were to last through flu season, it would affect the next batch of flu shots, […]

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Health blog readers already know that antibiotics are over-prescribed, and that it’s leading to a terrifying increase in antibiotic resistant bacteria. Now, the CDC is stepping up and raising awareness, and releasing numbers. 50% of antibiotic prescriptions are either useless, or less than effective. Some instances: sinus infections are routinely treated with antibiotics, but most […]

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A new study out of Denmark found that mild to moderate drinking may be okay in pregnancy (that’s 1-4 drinks per week). Besides being controversial, there’s a lot of misinformation going around, including local newspapers reporting that binge drinking is okay during pregnancy. So, what’s the deal? Well, the CDC has not changed its stance […]

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