Thursday, December 23, 2010

England: Ten more deaths linked to flu in a week

Ten more people have died in the last week after contracting flu bringing the total this winter to 27, it has been revealed.

The H1N1 swine flu strain is responsible for the majority of the deaths as cases of influenza continue to rise.

It is feared cases of flu and deaths are accelerating as the flu season takes hold.

The number of people seeing their GP with flu symptoms has increased six fold in the last three weeks.

H1N1 is the predominant strain circulating this winter and is following a similar pattern as during the pandemic when it struck young age groups hardest and caused some severe illness.

Officials do not believe there will be another significant wave of flu as seen during the pandemic but it was expected that H1N1 would become a circulating seasonal flu for this winter and in coming years.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Open your minds this Holiday Season

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime."
— Mark Twain

Season's greetings and Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones. Humans have far more in common with one another than they do differences. May this holiday season be filled with joy, laughter and acceptance of those around you and around the world. 


Passport Health Team

Friday, December 17, 2010

Vaccinating pregnant women reduced newborn influenza hospitalizations

Influenza vaccine administered during pregnancy was 91.5% effective in preventing hospitalizations among infant offspring younger than 6 months, new research shows.

Marietta Vázquez, MD, and colleagues from the Yale University School of Medicine conducted a matched case-control study to determine whether vaccinating expecting mothers really is an effective strategy to protect infants too young to be vaccinated. The results were published in the Dec. 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Disease.

The researchers found that only 2.2% of mothers (n=91) whose children had laboratory-confirmed influenza during the study period (2000-2009) received the influenza vaccine during pregnancy vs. 19.9% of mothers (n=158) whose children did not get sick with virus.

“These results have great clinical relevance, because they provide a strategy to confer protection to young infants at high risk for the disease and for whom no vaccine is currently available,” the researchers wrote.

They added that it might also motivate pregnant women, who are susceptible to severe forms of the disease, to comply with current vaccine recommendations.

Both the CDC and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists encourage pregnant women to get vaccinated, but uptake rates remain poor and administration varies widely across health care providers.

Monday, December 13, 2010

So...Did you get your flu shot?

Last week was a busy week for us here at Passport Health.  It was National Influenza Vaccination Week and everyone who is 6 months of age and older is recommended to get the flu vaccine!  SO, if you are reading this (and you don't have any medical reasons for not getting it) YOU should have been vaccinated!!

Even the President is urging vaccination, cause no one wants a repeat of last years awful Flu season.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Employee Health Day

On this day of National Influenza Vaccination Week there is a focus on Employee Health!

Imagine a small office of 20-25 people running a business.  In a small environment with people all working closely together, if one person gets sick, eventually EVERYONE gets sick.  If 1 person in your office were to catch the Flu and spread it to others in your office, the result could be detrimental to your business.  Think about the loss in productivity if several employees are out sick!

Don't risk it!
Get Vaccinated and encourage your staff and co-workers to get vaccinated too.  Save time and money and a lot of tissues!

Call Passport Health to schedule a flu clinic or set up an appointment for your Flu shot.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Chronic Condition? Better get your Flu shot!

Tuesday December 7th, the third official day of National Influenza Vaccination Week is here and the focus today is on those with chronic conditions. If you have:

Heart Disease
Asthma, Bronchitis or other upper respiratory diseases
or if you are overweight and/or a smoker

Today is your day!!  If you catch the Flu, it could be your life.  Because of your chronic condition(s) you are already at a disadvantage for fighting the Flu.  Why take chances?  It's so easy to get a Flu shot and save yourself from the virus.

Contact Passport Health and inquire about an appointment for a flu vaccination.  While you are there, talk to your health care provider about a Pneumonia shot as well. 

Check out Dr. David Hill (love the bowtie) explaining a bit about the Influenza Virus and how the strains can mutate each year.

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Monday, December 6, 2010

National Influenza Vaccination Week

Today kicks off the second day of National Influenza Vaccination Week.  Each day this week focuses on a different group that is recommended for immunization.  Today's emphasis is on Family Vaccination!

Come in or call Passport Health for your Flu vaccination today.