Here’s how the flu virus kills some people so quickly

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Flu season is well underway in the Northern Hemisphere and reports of sudden deaths continue to send shock waves around the world. Every year the flu can severely effect the elderly and very young but why does the flu kill some healthy young adults ?  This article explains why 

Flu vaccination …… it’s more important than you think

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Flu vaccine won’t definitely stop you from getting the flu, but it’s more important than you think While the flu vaccine cuts your chance of coming down with influenza, that’s not the whole story. from www.shutterstock.com Allen Cheng, Monash University and Kristine Macartney, University of Sydney As we head towards a southern hemisphere winter, many… Read more »

Update on Flu Vaccine for 2018

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The WHO met in September 2017 to decide the four viral flu strains that will be contained in next year’s flu vaccine. WHO recommends that quadrivalent (4 strain) influenza vaccines for use in the 2018 southern hemisphere influenza season contain the following viruses: – A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016 (H3N2)-like virus B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus. B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus, a… Read more »

2017 Flu Vaccine announced by WHO

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2017 Seasonal Flu vaccine Each year the World Health Organisation recommends to the Australian Government the four viral strains to be included in the seasonal flu vaccine according to the data they have collected on flu activity around the world. The WHO recommended one strain change (A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus) for the Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine to… Read more »

2016 Flu Vaccines explained

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  2016 Seasonal Flu Vaccines explained In the past years the seasonal flu vaccine (trivalent) has been designed to protect against three different flu viruses and included 2 x influenza A type viruses and 1 x B virus. Experts had to choose one B virus, even though there are two very different lineages of B… Read more »

Top 10 mainstream diet myths debunked

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Top 10 mainstream diet myths debunked Sarah Berry Published: February 16, 2015 http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/diet-and-fitness/top-10-mainstream-diet-myths-debunked-20150213-13e1bo.html “Dietary advice does not merely need a review; it should not have been introduced.” This is the arresting conclusion made in a new review published in BMJ’s Open Heart journal. In this instance, the researchers are referring specifically to the fat recommendations in… Read more »

Flu Vaccine 2015

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The Influenza Vaccine  for 2015 will contain the following three virus strains: A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus A/Switzerland/9715293/2013(H3N2)-like virus B:aB/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (Yamagata lineage)   This represents two strain changes from the flu vaccine used in the Northern Hemisphere The flu vaccine will not be available until late March

Polio eradicated from India

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Polio was one of the most dreaded diseases, an infectious disease that invades the nervous system and can cause paralysis and even death. It’s not so long ago in this country in the 1960’s that parents were too afraid to let their kids play in groups at the local playground. My mother, a nurse, would… Read more »