Just like humans, dogs can catch the flu too. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the respiratory illness is caused by specific Type A influenza viruses known to infect dogs. The first case of canine ... Continue Reading
T’is the season … Cold and flu season, that is! With fall comes the prime time for a flu shot, as cold and flu season begins. Medical professionals recommend getting your flu shot by mid-October, in order to be prepared for the inevitable influx of cold and flu illnesses that last anywhere from October to May!
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The current flu season hasn't even peaked and yet federal officials are saying this is the most severe outbreak since the swine flu pandemic in 2009 - and it’s getting worse.
Part of the reason why the flu has been so fierce this year is due to the prevalent Influenza A H3N2. The flu vaccine is less effective against ... Continue Reading
Unless you have a pet pig, do not be concerned about your dog or cat giving you the flu. Most viruses are species-specific. Viruses can be passed between humans but not between you and your pet.
Do you remember the H1N1 flu outbreak during 2011 and 2012? It was originally called the “Swine Flu” until they changed ... Continue Reading
What is the best time of day to get a flu shot?
The flu shot stimulates the immune system to produce antibodies that protect an individual from various strains of flu for the given year. These strains usually change annually. The overall effectiveness of the vaccine is dependent, in part, on the age and health of the ... Continue Reading
Can you get a flu shot too soon? The answer is: That depends.
It is difficult to think of flu season in August, yes August. That is when many retail pharmacies start to advertise flu shot distribution. Is getting a flu shot in August still going to protect you if the flu bug hits in February?
Keep in mind that big ... Continue Reading