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Flu Season 2022-2023: What to Expect

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November 28, 2022 - According to the CDC, early increases in seasonal influenza activity have been reported already in most of the United States, particularly in the southeast and south-central areas of the country. With the 2022-2023 flu season already underway, here’s what you can expect – and how to take the best measures to prevent the flu. Between […]
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Are Flu Vaccines Live or Attenuated?

July 1, 2022 - Most flu vaccines are not live or attenuated. Live means that the virus is not dead, and attenuated means that the virus is weakened but still alive.  The live attenuated flu vaccine contains a version of the flu virus that is “alive” but weakened so that it cannot reproduce and make you sick. Rather, it […]

Needle-Free Flu Vaccine

June 15, 2022 - The nasal spray flu vaccine is administered intranasally, which means that the vaccine is sprayed up the nose as opposed to being injected with a needle. This vaccine can be used in eligible individuals ages 2 through 49 years and can be a good option for people who avoid flu vaccination due to a fear […]

What is stomach flu?

May 15, 2022 - The term “stomach flu” is NOT the same as “seasonal flu” which is caused by the influenza virus and has mostly respiratory symptoms. What people usually mean when they say “stomach flu” is gastroenteritis, which is an inflammation of the lining of the stomach and intestines, causing an acute onset of severe vomiting and diarrhea. […]

Can Flu Cause Organ Failure?

April 28, 2022 - One of the most dangerous complications of flu is organ failure. Organ failure can happen when having the flu creates a domino effect. The flu can trigger other problems or exacerbate symptoms of a chronic condition. What might start out as the flu can quickly become sepsis, pneumonia, or inflammation of the heart, brain, or […]

RNA, DNA and Flu Vaccines

April 28, 2022 - First, let’s cover the basics of DNA and RNA. Here is a quick explanation of what they are: DNA: “Deoxyribonucleic acid, more commonly known as DNA, is a complex molecule that contains all of the information necessary to build and maintain an organism. All living things have DNA within their cells. In fact, nearly every […]

Health Equity and Flu

April 27, 2022 - One of FFF’s core beliefs is that everyone, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or any other identifying information, deserves to be healthy. Because the health of one affects the health of all, we want EVERYONE to have the best chance at getting vaccinated, tested, and treated against influenza to avoid a potentially […]

Lessons Learned from COVID-19 for Flu Preparedness

April 14, 2022 - While Josiah Swenson was fighting for his life in the ICU with a severe case of influenza B in March 2020, his mother was forced to leave him in the hospital alone due to COVID-19 precautions. Over the last two years, many other families suffered from the double impacts of flu and COVID-19. Like the […]

How To Take Care of Yourself When Grieving

April 10, 2022 - There is nothing we can say that can immediately ease the loss of your loved one. But, there are others like you who have experienced a loss, and we know how to best take care of yourself during the grief process.  While everyone grieves differently, the following tips and recommendations will help you to cope […]

Improving Influenza Vaccines

April 9, 2022 - Seasonal flu vaccines are our best protection against a dangerous and potentially deadly disease. Because the flu virus mutates so quickly, scientists update the vaccine every year based on the strains that are circulating that season. However, one thing that hasn’t changed in years is the way seasonal flu vaccines are produced. Most influenza vaccines […]

Four Ways to Protect Yourself Against the Flu

April 4, 2022 - The single best way to protect yourself from seasonal flu is to get an annual flu vaccine. However, there are other ways to protect ourselves against the flu –especially if you are immunocompromised, if there’s an outbreak of flu in your community, or if there’s an influenza strain spreading with the potential to cause a […]
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