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The ‘Spanish’ flu — the ‘greatest pandemic in history’ was 100 years ago – but many of us still get the basic facts wrong

The ‘Spanish’ flu — the ‘greatest pandemic in history’ was 100 years ago – but many of us still get the basic facts wrong

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the great influenza pandemic of 1918. Between 50 and 100 million people are thought to have died, representing as much as 5 percent of the world’s population. Half a billion people were infected.

January 11, 2018 | By | Reply More
It’s not too late to get your flu shot

It’s not too late to get your flu shot

Influenza seasons and severity are unpredictable. Annual vaccination is the best way to prevent influenza among people ages 6 months and older. You also can reduce the spread of the flu and reduce its effects by taking such practical measures as washing your hands, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when you’re sick.

January 10, 2018 | By | Reply More
Defending against this season’s deadly flu: 5 things to know now

Defending against this season’s deadly flu: 5 things to know now

The H3N2 influenza A subtype that appears to be most prevalent this year is particularly nasty, with more severe symptoms including fever and body aches. Australia, which U.S. public health officials follow closely in their flu forecasting — in part because their winter is our summer — reported a record-high number of confirmed flu cases in 2017.

January 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
Influenza on the rise in Washington state

Influenza on the rise in Washington state

Flu can cause severe illness in some people, and can sometimes lead to death. Last flu season 278 people in Washington were confirmed to have died from influenza.

December 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
How effective will the flu vaccine be this year?

How effective will the flu vaccine be this year?

How well each season’s flu vaccine works to prevent illness varies from season to season, depending on the match between the flu viruses the vaccine is designed to protect against and the flu viruses that are circulating when the flu season arrives. Public Health – Seattle & King County’s Jeff Duchin explains

December 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
How flu changes within the human body may hint at future global trends

How flu changes within the human body may hint at future global trends

In the past several years, advances in genome sequencing have begun to shed light on the beginnings of viral evolution, deep within individual infections. Could a single person’s flu infection tell us about how the virus changes across the world? As it turns out, a surprising amount.

July 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
How the Trump budget undercuts security risks posed by pandemics – viewpoint

How the Trump budget undercuts security risks posed by pandemics – viewpoint

The way the military protects America’s welfare is straightforward. The way that other U.S. agencies prevent pandemics is less understood.

April 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Influenza: The search for a universal vaccine

Influenza: The search for a universal vaccine

By Ian Setliff, Ph.D. Student, Program in Chemical & Physical Biology aand Amyn Murji, Ph.D. Student, Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Vanderbilt Vaccine Center, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee No one wants to catch the flu, and the best line of defense is the seasonal influenza vaccine. But producing an effective annual flu shot relies on accurately predicting which […]

February 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Flu deaths climb to 8 in Snohomish County

Flu deaths climb to 8 in Snohomish County

Lab-confirmed flu deaths climb to 8 in Snohomish County New online resources as increased influenza symptoms and hospitalizations continue SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – With several months still to go, updated reports show that Snohomish County is on pace to set a record in the total number of hospitalizations this flu season. In addition to continued increases […]

January 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Sharp upswing in flu cases swamping local health systems

Sharp upswing in flu cases swamping local health systems

OLYMPIA — Health officials at the Washington State Department of Health say influenza season is in full swing and all indicators show sharp increases in the number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths over the past several weeks. Health officials urge flu vaccine as the first line of defense for influenza and say there is still time to get a […]

January 12, 2017 | By | Reply More