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Have flu outbreaks changed your perception of life insurance?

Fears of another global flu pandemic are rife amongst the world’s leading health experts. Many have believe that it’s only a matter of time until a strain of the influenza virus that is immune to the current crop of vaccines appears. If

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Third person dies from new strain of H7N9 (Bird Flu) virus in China

A third man has died from a new strain of Bird flu in China that has previously not been known to infect humans. This latest casualty to the H7N9 virus follows the deaths of two other Chinese citizens in March 2013.

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105 Children in the US died of Flu last season, 90% of those were not vaccinated

The Flu season is starting to wind down in the Northern Hemisphere with the US reporting that 105 children have died as a direct result of the flu virus. These recent figures are about average for the US, even though the flu

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HPA voices concerns over drug-resistant super swine flu virus (H1N1pdm09)

The UK’s HPA (Health Protection Agency) has voiced concerns over a new drug resistant strain of swine flu. The H1N1 or swine flu virus is usually treated with Tamiflu (oseltamivir) however this new strain of the virus renders the drug “powerless”. This new strain

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Swine flu vacine Pandemrix raises risk of narcolepsy in children

New research suggests that the swine flu jab given to hundreds of thousands of children in the UK can increase the risk of developing the sleep disorder narcolepsy. Health officials have expressed concern over the figures that show for every 55,000 doses

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It’s Flu Monday, be on your guard against colds and flu

Experts has labeled today as  “Flu Monday” as its the day of the year that we are most likely to catch a cold or the flu. This increased risk is caused by our immune system taking a turn for the

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Pregnant women urged to get flu vaccination over the usual flu remedies

Experts are urging pregnant women to rethink their usual habits when treating the dreaded flu virus. Most people wouldn’t think twice before heading to the pharmacy for the latest “flu remedy” but expectant mothers have been urged to speak to their obstetrician before

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Study Shows Flu virus “knows when to attack”

A study in the Cell Reports journal has shown that the flu has an in-built clock which tells the virus exactly when to strike to have the maximum impact on the host. Researchers have discovered that the virus slowly accumulates

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Flu Q&A: Are Flu vaccinations safe for children?

With the flu season in full swing many parents will be considering giving their child / children a flu vaccination to boost their protection against the virus. Flu shots are already given regularly to the elderly but like many parents, you’ll be

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Flu cases increase by almost half in a fortnight

According to figures from the Health Protection Agency, consultations for patients in England with flu symptoms rose  from 23 per 100,000 in mid-December to 33 per 100,000 in the week ending December 30th. Scotland and Northern Ireland also saw similar increases with consultation rates of

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