Spread Holiday Cheer, Not Flu!

It’s not too late to get your flu shot! Enjoy the holiday season knowing that you have done the best thing to protect yourself and loved ones from getting the flu. The MGH Central Flu Clinic will run through December 9th. Open to patients 5 years and older. Walk-ins are welcome but scheduling an appointment … Read more

Does exposure to cold and flu viruses weaken or strengthen the immune system?

As temperatures drop and November rain falls, the seasonal onslaught of coughs, sore throats and sniffles may feel inevitable, but does constant exposure to everyday infections such as colds or influenza drain us or make us stronger? Our immune systems are often said to have memory, meaning that if an individual has previously been exposed … Read more

Diabetes And Getting Your Flu And Covid Vaccines

Newly recommended this fall, are the “bivalent” vaccine boosters. Bivalent means that these vaccines protect against both the original COVID-19 and newer Omicron variants, such as BA.4 and BA.5. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization recommends that people receive the bivalent Omicron-containing mRNA COVID-19 vaccines over the original COVID-19 vaccines for their boosters. There are … Read more

U.S. flu hospitalizations spike to highest level in a decade: health officials – National | Globalnews.ca

An early fall spike in influenza cases has pushed U.S. hospitalization rates for the illness to the highest in a decade for this time of year, U.S.health officials said on Friday, noting that vaccination rates are down. The rising flu cases come alongside pressure on hospitals from respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and COVID cases, officials … Read more

Plea to vaccinate children against flu as hospitalisations rise in England

Parents are being urged to get their young children vaccinated against flu as data suggests hospitalisation rates among under-fives have almost doubled in England in the space of two weeks. Data suggests the UK could face a triple whammy of respiratory illness this winter. While experts are concerned there could be another Covid wave, levels … Read more

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Autumn Covid numbers peak at lower levels – but flu cases are on the up

Britain’s current wave of Covid-19 cases appears to be peaking at a lower level than previous outbreaks of the Omicron variant of the disease, researchers have revealed. The news is encouraging – though scientists have also warned that a further wave of the disease could sweep the nation before the end of the year. “We … Read more

Is it cold, COVID or the flu? Experts say its ‘very difficult’ to differentiate – National | Globalnews.ca

As flu season approaches amid the rise of new COVID-19 variants, experts say it’s very difficult to differentiate between a cold, flu, or a COVID-19 infection and regardless of what an infected person has, Canadians still need to wear masks and physically distance themselves from others in order to stay safe. “A lot of these … Read more