Flu Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Where’s the Cold Virus?

    Where’s the Cold Virus?

    Think twice before picking up that remote if someone in your home has a cold! Researchers from the University of Virginia, armed with DNA swabs, did a CSI-like evidence hunt in the homes of 30 people with early cold symptoms. Where did they find the virus?

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  • Cold Medicine for Your Kids

    Cold Medicine for Your Kids

    Last year an advisory panel of independent experts convened by the FDA recommended that the FDA ban popular over-the-counter oral decongestants, antihistamines and cough suppressants for children under the age of 6 with colds. Recently large drug companies have voluntarily decided to advise parents not to give these medicines to kids under 4.

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  • Awash in Cold Medicines

    Awash in Cold Medicines

    Question: Who took cough and cold medicines the most? Answer: Kids aged 2 through 5 years – the very group for whom the FDA expert panel voted to ban them last year (although the FDA has not done this as of August 2008).

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  • Cough and Cold Medicines

    Cough and Cold Medicines

    None of us want to see children feel miserable – for their sakes or for ours. We want remedies when they feel sick. In light of this, I am pleased with the decision of major pharmaceutical companies to withdraw their cough and cold medicines for children under 2 – it’s a good start. Even though […]

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  • Mild Flu Year?!?

    Mild Flu Year?!?

    It’s too soon to say for sure, but early signs suggest that this year may be a mild flu season in the United States – despite the fear frenzy the flu vaccine shortage has fueled. Here’s the first clue: the flu season that is just ending in the Southern Hemisphere has been a mild one. […]

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  • Mercury Free versus No Added Mercury

    Mercury Free versus No Added Mercury

    A concerned father recently contacted me about the no-added-mercury flu vaccine. He had called the manufacturers who admitted that there were still trace amounts of mercury in the vaccine. He wanted to know from me whether there was a brand available for young children that was totally free of mercury. Sadly, in the United States […]

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  • No-Mercury-Added Flu Vaccines

    No-Mercury-Added Flu Vaccines

    More children than ever before are expected to get the flu vaccine for the 2004-2005 flu season, both because of new recommendations and because last year’s rough flu season still lingers in many people’s memories. Preservative-free flu vaccine is available — for those who ask for it before the supply is already committed.

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  • Avian Flu

    Avian Flu

    The flu epidemic appears to be winding down in the United States, having killed 93 children between October 2003 and January 6, 2004. About a third of these kids had another underlying medical condition. The median age of the 93 children was 4 years, according to the January 9, 2004 MMWR.

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  • Echinacea and Colds in Children

    Echinacea and Colds in Children

    In the U.S., more than $300 million are spent each year on echinacea, mostly in an attempt to treat and prevent the common cold. Colds are especially common in children, who average 3 to 8 colds a year, each lasting about a week. Parents want something natural and gentle that works. But does echinacea work […]

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  • Cough Season

    Cough Season

    We all want to help a coughing child. But a big difference looms between what should happen and what does happen when kids have bronchitis and other cough illnesses. Even though overall antibiotic use is dropping, there is a glaring exception. More than 60 percent of kids diagnosed with bronchitis leave the doctor’s office, clinic, […]

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