People who received a flu shot last flu season were significantly less likely to test positive for a COVID-19 infection when the pandemic hit, according to a new study. And those who did test positive for COVID-19 had fewer complications if they received their flu shot.
A silver lining is emerging amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Influenza numbers are way down – 98 percent down, according to the CDC. Locally, during flu season last year, Houston Methodist’s system of eight hospitals saw 250 to 450 flu cases per week. This year the hospital system has seen only 2 to 5 flu cases per week so far. The numbers tell a striking story. Handwashing, masking and social distancing work.
With COVID-19 cases on the rise and flu season upon us, the importance of hand hygiene has never been greater. New research in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology recommends adding a concluding step—moisturizing—to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) hand washing protocol. The…
University of Chicago Medicine infectious diseases expert Dr. Allison Bartlett explains what to know to stay safe this winter from both influenza and COVID-19.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues with no end in sight, the annual flu season emerges once again. Cases of the flu have already begun to surface around the nation, and there are some reports of co-infection with COVID-19. Johns Hopkins Medicine experts say now is the time to take action to fight against the flu. Doctors recommend that everyone age 6 months and older get the flu vaccine each year to prevent infection from the virus or reduce the severity of the illness.
Keck Medicine of USC expert gives advice on the public’s best shot for avoiding influenza during the COVID-19 pandemic
With flu season fast approaching, health officials are urging the public to help contain the spread of influenza and avoid another outbreak amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The two viruses are very similar, and it’s going to make this flu season very challenging.
Mount Sinai experts say get your flu shot early and have a plan for point-of-care
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the world in sometimes devastating and unexpected ways, a more well-known illness — the flu — will make its annual debut in the coming weeks. Flu activity tends to increase in October and can run as late as May. It’s too soon to tell how flu season will definitively affect the current pandemic. However, Johns Hopkins Medicine experts say prevention will be key in reducing the spread of both illnesses, including getting an annual flu vaccine, washing hands, wearing a face mask or covering, and maintaining proper physical distancing.
The combining of the COVID-19 pandemic and seasonal flu could make this the best influenza season ever or the worst. Our experts explain why in this week’s Medical Minute.
Fear of the virus may spread faster than the virus itself, a potential threat to health, liberty, trade, and the economy.
New research from a team of Florida State University scientists shows that rapid weather variability as a result of climate change could increase the risk of a flu epidemic in some highly populated regions in the late 21st century.
Sharon Wright,MD, MPH, BIDMC’s Senior Medical Director of Infection Control/Hospital Epidemiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center shares everything you need to know about the flu.
Flu season is underway and e-cigarettes users are at an increased risk for getting sick. Additionally, Houston Methodist physicians say similar symptoms between the flu and e-cigarette vaping acute lung injury (EVALI) could cause confusion.
Houston Methodist has medical experts available to discuss the below topics and trends related to flu season. This flu season is off to an early and unusual start A high number of flu cases this season are being caused by…
Today’s subcommittee hearing on U.S. preparedness and responses for the 2019-2020 flu season offers an important opportunity to examine and act on gaps and challenges exacerbating the public health threats of seasonal influenza outbreaks.
San Diego-based Predictive Science, Inc. this week released their first forecast for the 2019-2020 influenza season, which typically runs from November through March.
You cannot really germ-proof your home, but you can clean and disinfect things to improve your chances of preventing the flu.
Cases of the flu are already on the rise around the nation as flu season begins. Johns Hopkins Medicine experts say now is the time to fight against the flu as the number of people getting sick from the potentially life-threatening virus will increase in the coming months. Doctors recommend everyone 6 months and older get the flu vaccine each year to prevent the virus or reduce the seriousness if you do get sick.