Peer Pressure and Vaping

The kids are back in school, and as the parent of a teenager, it seems as though one of the biggest fears I have surrounds peer pressure and positive decision making.  As a child enters the teenage years they tend to spend more time with their group of friends. I have...

Stay Healthy This Flu Season

The 2017-18 flu season is in full swing, and flu activity is currently widespread in most of the United States. Here are a few facts to keep in mind as you aim to stay healthy: The “stomach flu” and influenza are not the same thing. The flu is a lung disease that also...

A Look At How Flu Vaccines Are Made

Flu season is coming up soon, but have you ever thought about how the vaccines are made? Currently there are three influenza vaccine production technologies that are utilized in the United States.  All meet U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. They are:...

What Is H7N9 and Why is it of Worldwide Concern?

H7N9 is a subtype of influenza A viruses that is sometimes found in birds, but that does not usually affect humans. Many H7 viruses have circulated in poultry for centuries. However, beginning at the end of March 2013, China reported the first new cases of infections...