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Protect Your Family From Fraudulent Flu Products

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The winter flu season may soon bring out dishonest sellers marketing fraudulent products to unsuspecting consumers, who are already concerned about protecting themselves from COVID-19, said the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
These products can be found online, including popular marketplaces, and in retail stores. They may be labeled as dietary supplements, foods, hand sanitizers, nasal sprays, or devices.

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Fewest Influenza Cases Confirmed in Years

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The World Health Organization (WHO) new influenza report ‘should be interpreted with caution as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has influenced to varying extents health-seeking behaviors, as well as testing priorities and capacities in Member States.’
The WHO’s Influenza Update Report #380 published on November 9, 2020, says ‘various hygiene and physical distancing measures implemented by Member States to reduce SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus transmission have likely played a role in reducing influenza virus transmission.’

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Swine Flu Confirmed in Alberta

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‘A confirmed case of variant influenza A (H1N2)v has been detected in central Alberta. This currently appears to be one isolated case and there is no increased risk to Albertans at this time,’ announced public health leaders.
‘This isn't a common influenza (flu) and isn't known to spread easily from person-to-person.’
‘This is the only influenza case reported in Alberta so far this flu season,’ stated Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta Canada’s chief medical officer of health, and Dr. Keith Lehman, chief provincial veterinarian, in a press statement issued on November 4, 2020.

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When Pregnant, Flu Shots Are Needed Sooner Than Later

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A new study suggests that influenza infection during pregnancy may result in an increased risk of pregnancy loss and a reduction in birthweight.
This study published by The Lancet on October 29, 2020, provides data underscoring the potential importance of flu vaccination in pregnant women. The new study found women had a 0·7–0·9% risk of influenza per month of pregnancy during the influenza season.
And antenatal influenza was associated with increased risk for some adverse pregnancy outcomes.

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The 2020 Flu Season’s Delayed Start is Good News

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 1.2% of patient visits reported through the U.S. Outpatient Influenza-like Illness Surveillance Network were due to influenza-like illness (ILI) during week #42. 
This ILI percentage is well below the national baseline rate of 2.6%.
‘While outpatient ILI activity remains low, many people are accessing the healthcare system in alternative settings. Therefore, traditional healthcare providers are not seeing increased numbers of cases of ILI,’ says the CDC.

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Innovative Science Leads Toward a Universal Flu Shot

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Each year, influenza vaccines are redesigned to account for virus mutations that reduce the protections people gain from the annual flu shot.
To address these virus mutations, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Ragon Institute of MIT, Mass General Hospital (MGH), and Harvard University announced they are working on strategies for designing a universal flu vaccine that could work against any flu strain. 

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Pregnant Women Significantly Increase Flu and Tdap Vaccinations

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published new findings that indicate about 40 percent of pregnant women do not receive influenza and Tdap vaccines, leaving themselves and their infants more vulnerable to influenza and pertussis infection.
The CDC researchers noted in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published on October 2, 2020, that during the 2019-20 flu season, 61.2 percent of surveyed pregnant women received the flu vaccine, which was 7.5 percentage points higher than the previous flu season.

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Flu and Pneumococcal Vaccination Urged Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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New data released by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) showed that only 59 percent of US adults intend to get vaccinated against influenza during the 2020-2021 flu season. 
According to statements published on October 1, 2020, this percent is concerning to public health officials, who are bracing for the potential impact from a dual outbreak of flu and COVID-19 this winter. 

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Now is a Good Time to Get This Year’s Flu Shot

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While most of the USA remains focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to also be aware of the 2020-2021 influenza season in the Northern Hemisphere that is fast approaching.
Influenza (flu) viruses typically spread each fall and winter, with activity peaking between December and February, said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in a digital statement published on September 30, 2020.

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COVID-19 Reduced the Southern Hemisphere’s Flu Season

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the global responses to the COVID-19 pandemic led to fewer influenza virus cases being reported during the April to August 2020 time-period. 
This reduction in flu cases throughout the Southern Hemisphere as of September 25, 2020, was related to travel restrictions, coronavirus mitigation strategies, and social distancing measures.