October 27, 2012

And As Often As the Unhealthy

1 Healthy Kids Die from Flu the Fastest

One reason parents commonly give for not having their children vaccinated against the flu is that they are perfectly healthy and thus can shrug off the virus, but in fact almost half the American children who die from flu each year are in excellent health, and of those who die from the flu, the healthiest tend to die the soonest. According to a new CDC study of all childhood flu deaths between 2004 and 2012, 43 percent had no other health problems at the time of infection, and those in that group actually died in just 4 days on average, compared to 7 days for those with high-risk health conditions such as asthma or cerebral palsy. Researchers speculate that parents of health impaired children are quicker to note and react to signs of illness, and urge flu shots for all young Americans.

More at Msnbc.msn.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Flu Vaccine During Pregnancy Protects Infants

Tags: Flu Deaths, Death Due to Influenza, Flu Vaccination, Children and Flu, Flu Deaths among Children, Reasons for Vaccination

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Even the Autoclave Was Dirty

2 More Problems Found at Massachusetts Pharmacy

Health officials from the FDA investigating conditions that led to the contamination of methylprednisolone acetate made by the New England Compounding Center found that staff documented cases of mold and bacterial growth in supposedly sterile rooms about four dozen times since January. The outbreak has made 338 people sick and killed 25. In addition to a leaky boiler and dirty floor mats, the air conditioning that regulates temperature and filters the air to prevent bacterial growth was turned off every night. Even the autoclave, used to sterilize equipment, had a "greenish yellowish discoloration." No preservatives are added, so it has to be made under sterile conditions. Compounding pharmacies are generally regulated by the state, but the FDA will step in to assist with serious problems.

Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Poor Practices and Conditions in MA Pharmacy, More Infections Tied to Contaminated Steroids, More Fungal Infections Tied to MA Pharmacy, US Meningitis Outbreak Spreads

Tags: Company Sponsored Scientific Studies, Infuse, Medtronic, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Senate Committee

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