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Flu Season: Get Vaccinated Now to Ensure Protection

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With flu season – and holiday travel – just around the corner, right now is a good time to get an annual flu vaccine (whether you opt for a shot or the nasal spray), which is the best way to prevent yourself from becoming infected with the flu. Flu season in America most commonly peaks between December and January. It typically takes about two weeks after you are vaccinated for protective antibodies to build up Read More >

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The Best Conspiracy Theories Never Die

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The best conspiracy theories never die. They evolve and adapt. They rebuff troublesome facts, plug their ears to common sense and embrace the outliers. There are no aliens at Area 51, Elvis has left the building, Obama was born in the USA – and Jenny McCarthy’s willfully ignorant anti-vaccine campaign has endangered lives. Diseases that were largely eradicated in the United States a generation ago—whooping cough, measles, mumps—are returning, in part because nervous parents are Read More >

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New Report: Innovation in Hepatitis C Treatment

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Today, the California Healthcare Institute released a report on the public health impact of Hepatitis C and the potential of groundbreaking new treatments to save tens of thousands of lives over the coming decades. Innovation in Hepatitis C Treatment: New Opportunities for Action explores the incredible progress that has been made in Hepatitis C treatment in the decades since the Hepatitis C virus was identified as the cause of the disease in 1989. Early treatments Read More >

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The Value of Prevention

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Vaccines are widely recognized as one of the most important advances in medical history. Once-devastating diseases like polio, which at its peak claimed the lives of nearly 6,000 Americans each year, have been nearly eradicated. A report issued by the CDC in April estimated that vaccines will prevent 732,000 deaths and 21 million hospitalizations among children born in the US over the past 20 years. Despite this track record of overwhelming success, a recent New Read More >

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New CDC Tool to Track Antibiotic Use & Resistance

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Antibiotic resistance is quickly becoming one of the most serious threats facing our health care system. Last fall, the CDC issued a report which found that 2 million people acquire an antibiotic resistant infection each year in the US, of whom at least 23,000 die as a result. To help address this threat, the CDC is releasing a new tool, the Antibiotic Use and Resistance (AUR) reporting module, which will enable all hospitals in the Read More >

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