Flu 2009 News Tips Extra

How does the flu virus work?
Viruses are nasty, yet surprisingly simple organisms. Most human flu viruses have 11 genes at most, compared to the more than 20,000 genes found in humans. What makes flu so potentially dangerous is that it’s not very good at making copies of itself, which leads to mutations, or slight changes in its genetic code. Read More

Does the H1N1 outbreak mean you have to skip the ham this holiday season?
With H1N1 – or swine flu - continuing to make headlines in the media, many people who traditionally feast on ham are wondering whether it’s necessary to skip pork and go all-turkey or even vegetarian this holiday season. Read More

What are the ‘underlying medical conditions’ that can raise dire consequences?
Almost without fail, news reports concerning a H1N1 virus-related death include the notation that the infected individual had “underlying medical conditions” which figured into the disease’s dire outcome. But what exactly does that all-too-common phrasing mean in regard to the H1N1 virus, commonly known as “swine flu?” What are the most common underlying medical conditions? Read More

Do you need vaccinations if you’re well past puberty?
When you’re rolling a sleeve up to get the flu shot this year, you might take a minute and ask whether any other immunizations are due, or overdue. Read More



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