Flu vaccine falls short… but helps

NBC News – Experts say this year’s flu vaccine can lessen the severity of the flu, but it’s not working well to prevent flu cases. New data from the Centers for Disease Control places this year’s vaccine’s overall efficacy at 36-percent, and just 25-percent effective against this year’s dominant flu strain, H3N2. Also, the vaccine this year appears to prevent illness in young children by more than half, 59-percent. On Capitol Hill...

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Bringing awareness to a silent epidemic in African American communities
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Bringing awareness to a silent epidemic in African American communities

SARASOTA – February 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Keenan Jenkins didn’t know there was a virus plaguing his community. “On a normal conversation, it’s not even brought up, it wasn’t brought up to me until my senior year in high school,” said Jenkins. He is the Operations Specialist at CAN Community Health. Already being judged for the color of their skin, Jenkins says it’s a label the black community doesn’t want, to...

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Managing the costs of diabetes

SARASOTA- Managing your diabetes can take a toll on your health, but it can also take a toll on your wallet. Medical Equipment, Doctor’s visits, and lifestyle changes add up quickly. “Medical Costs if you have diabetes vs. not having diabetes are two times,” Alexa Von Tobel said. “And what that really equates to over 5 years is a 41% increase in your medical costs for people living with diabetes that is a real burden on your wallet.”...

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Suncoast hospitals take on flu crisis

SARASOTA – It seems to be the same story everywhere. “We’re seeing about triple the amount of flu cases we typically see in a given year,” Sarasota Memorial Exec. Director of Outpatient Services, Frank Morgan, said. “We’ve actually seen approximately triple the number of influenza patients this year as compared to last year,” Doctors Hospital Emergency Physician Frank Biondolillo said. Last January at Doctors, there were 44 cases of...

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No flu shot shortage on the suncoast

SARASOTA- We’re not even halfway through flu season, and the number of flu cases continues to rise; but there is still time to get your flu shot, and plenty of the vaccine to go around. Flu activity is widespread throughout the state of Florida, and according to the Florida Department of Health, activity is rising every week. “If people are thinking about the last several years as a traditional flu season, we’re seeing more cases then...

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Flu death toll growing

NBC News – The worst flu season in almost a decade is getting deadlier, with more than three dozen child deaths already this year. The Center For Disease Control says the epidemic is also hitting Baby Boomers much harder than usual. Near Indianapolis, the family of 37-year-old Karlie Slaven is heartbroken. Her father says Karlie died just three days after being diagnosed with the flu, the symptoms quickly escalated into pneumonia. The...

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