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Flu Shot Questions and Answers

by Kimberly Hays December 13th, 2012 | Common Conditions
In the United States almost half of the population refuses to get a flu shot each year because they are afraid of the side effects, or they have heard myths that are untrue. Getting a flu shot has actually saved many people’s lives, as well as cut down the number of people who have been hospitalized because of the flu. Knowing the facts about the flu shot will help you to see that it is the best prevention, and there is really nothing to fear.

Can you get the flu after the flu shot? The simple answer is yes, you
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Antibodies, Antigen

by Editorial Team December 13th, 2012 | Common Conditions
When we're sick we think about the symptoms that we're experiencing, but we may not often think about what is happening inside our bodies on a molecular level.  Sure, we recognize that we have a virus, and it is causing a variety of symptoms.  But besides the aches and pains that we're experiencing, what is our body doing?

When cells recognize that there is a foreign substance, such as bacteria or a virus, our cells produce antibodies.  These antibodies (such as the Nanog antibody) act as protectors that try to eliminate the foreign substance.  In order for the antibody
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Update: Flu Season 2012

by Kimberly Hays November 13th, 2012 | Common Conditions
The flu season is now underway in the United States. If you have not obtained a flu shot, now is the time to get one. Remember that the flu shot will not give you the flu. If you experience any side effects, they will be short-lived and may consist of a low grade fever, a sore throat, a runny nose, or muscle aches. These are mild in comparison to the misery, and even death, that can be caused by the flu.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting that the flu is showing up sporadically in many
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Flu Information

by Kimberly Hays October 16th, 2012 | Common Conditions
Flu season officially begins in October. If you haven’t gone to get a flu vaccination yet, now is the time! Understanding facts about the flu will explain the importance of getting vaccinated, as well as how to prevent contracting the virus.

What is the Flu?

The flu is known as influenza in the scientific community. It is given this name due to the influenza viruses that cause the illness. The virus enters the body through mucus membranes. When someone sneezes or coughs, it enters the air surrounding us. It is also found on many surfaces, including keyboards and doorknobs. We come
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Natural Relief Found

by Kimberly Hays September 20th, 2012 | Common Conditions
Prevention is always the best defense against the cold and flu. Even with our best efforts, by getting a flu shot, washing our hands often, and keeping our hands away from our faces, we may find ourselves sick. While over the counter medications can help relieve symptoms, there are some extra steps that you can add to your treatment that are safe and natural, and are proven to help you feel better.

Chicken Soup – Mom’s chicken soup has been proven to be a natural cold and flu remedy. The soup helps to keep the body hydrated, and also helps
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All health and medical information is provided for educational purposes and is not meant to replace the medical advice or treatment of your healthcare professional.