Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Missouri has not seen the widespread occurrences of the flu this winter, but 41 states, including all of Missouri's neighbors, have, according to the American Red Cross.
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- Dan Barger
Tuesday, January 15
The following is a message issued from the American Red Cross. While much of the country is experiencing a crippling invasion of the flu, Missouri has been successful in defending against it – so far. The American Red Cross urges people who have not yet gotten a flu vaccine to get vaccinated now. The Red Cross also has steps people can take to prevent the spread of the flu virus during what the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says is the worst influenza outbreak in several years in the United States. Widespread flu activity is reported in 41 states and although Missouri is not on the list, all of our neighboring states are. Steps to prevent the flu The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older as the …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Here's where to get an influenza vaccine, how to recognize symptoms and what to know about treatment if you get sick.
Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: This time last year, flu cases were lower in the St. Louis area than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends. (Mehlville/Oakville-specific data is not available on Flu Trends.) Overall in Missouri, activity is considered high now, while it was considered low at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends. If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some places in Mehlville and Oakville that offer the vaccine: According to the CDC Flu activity report, influenza levels are on the increase across the country. Five states – Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee – are reporting flu rates not normally seen until January, according to the Centers for …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Our panel of experts are waiting in the comments to answer your questions about health in the latest installment of Ask the Patch Pro.
It's time for another edition of Ask the Patch Pro, where each week we tackle a different topic and open up the comments section for questions. Our team of experts stop in to help you out and answer your questions. This week, with flu season upon us, Patch wants to help find the answers to questions about your kids' health this week, but we needed some help. We've compiled a team of experts to help us out. Meet the experts: If you consider yourself a local expert and would like to be added to the list, let us know! email@example.com
Monday, November 5, 2012
Patch is looking for experts who can talk kids health and offer their expertise this week.
With flu season upon us, Patch wants to help find the answers to questions about your kids' health this week, but we need a little help. In the latest edition of "Ask the Patch Pro" we need local experts who can answer readers' questions and offer advice. If you are a local pediatrician or consider yourself an expert and can answer these questions and more, let us know two ways. One: You can leave a comment on this post. Two: You can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We need experts to answer questions on Thursday, Nov. 8. Curious as to what we are looking for? Take a look at some of our previous Patch Pro posts: So what do you say, who wants to be our expert?
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Do you vaccinate your child?
With cold weather right around the corner, flu season is around the next corner. Walgreens and Urgent Care centers offer free flu shots that are supposed to ward off the winter blues. Do you vaccinate your family? Why or why not? Lisa May My answer is short in that we do not get flu shots in our home. The reason? We just have not ever gotten them. We always get our children the proper vaccinations. This would just be another shot that is not necessary. I know many people disagree with me on this (including my pediatrician). I am interested to see if I am alone in this regarding the other panel members. We do wash hands frequently in our home and try to avoid those germ-filled places. Of course, this is not always possible. I have …
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Did you vaccinate your kids?
With increasing concerns that vaccinations in children can cause autism, many parents are opting out of the baby shots. And even more are making changes in the vaccination schedule set by the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics, something held sacred by pediatricians. The CDC states that 1 out of 150 children have autism, a figure that has increased since the 1990s. "Some people believe increased exposure to thimerosal (from the addition of important new vaccines recommended for children) explains the higher prevalence in recent years. However, evidence from several studies examining trends in vaccine use and changes in autism frequency does not support such an association," the CDC website states. Now, …