Is SARS-CoV-2 a seasonal virus?

In a recent study published on medRxiv* preprint server, Pfizer Inc scientists determined whether the rates of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the United States (US) and Europe (EU) follow a seasonal pattern at the using a time series model. Study: Is COVID-19 seasonal? A time series modeling approach. Image Credit: CKA/Shutterstock Background Severe … Read more

Bird flu arrives in the South West after the death of millions of birds | Health, Medicine and Fitness

PHOENIX (AP) – Arizona officials have confirmed the first cases in the Southwest of a bird flu that has killed 37 million birds on commercial farms in the central and eastern states. -United The disease was spotted after tests by federal wildlife officials on three wild cormorants that were found dead in a park in … Read more

Flu vaccination rates of staff in healthcare and aged care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic

In a recent study published in the Australian Medical Journalresearchers evaluated the impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on influenza vaccination. Study: Beyond the COVID-19 pandemic: increasing the uptake of influenza vaccination by healthcare and elderly care workers. Image Credit: Emmy1622/Shutterstock The target rate of flu vaccination to be received by healthcare workers was 75% … Read more

Should I get the flu shot?

IntroductionWhat is the flu?Flu vaccinationWho should get the flu shot?Who should not get the flu shot?Who should not get the nasal spray flu vaccine?Can flu vaccines cause respiratory illnesses?Flu vaccination during the COVID-19 pandemicReferencesFurther reading Influenza is a respiratory disease caused by influenza viruses. The infection can lead to serious complications in young children, the … Read more

Inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions for children associated with excessive healthcare costs

According to a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and The Pew Charitable Trusts, antibiotics inappropriately prescribed to non-hospitalized children resulted in at least $74 million in additional health care costs in the United States in 2017. Children who were prescribed unnecessary or inappropriate antibiotics in outpatient settings, such as … Read more