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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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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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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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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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Leeds Nurse given “flu fighter” award

Leeds nurse,  Jo Snellin has been awarded a top medical title for her work combating UK winter flu bugs. She is one of just a few people who have been given the title of “flu fighter” for her work. The

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At risk groups and pregnant women urged to take flu jab

Data published by the Department of Health yesterday revealed that  just one in three in at-risk groups and 14 per cent of pregnant women have come forward for the flu jab. The government have been quick to respond and has

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North Somerset NHS urges pregnant women to get the flu jab

According to NHS North Somerset thousands of pregnant women could be putting both themselves and their unborn baby at risk if they do not get a free flu jab provided by the NHS. Over  2,000 women in the North Somerset area

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A new generation flu vaccines ‘urgently needed’

Researchers who analysed over 40 years of data have  concluded the current  crop of vaccines offers only inadequate protection against seasonal flu outbreaks and serious pandemics alike. Evidence for their effectiveness in older individuals was lacking, according the researchers who

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Flu vaccine Preflucel withdrawn in alert over side-effects‎

The flu vaccine Preflucel has been recalled and withdrawn from thousands of surgeries and pharmacies across Europe amid fears the vaccine’s side effects are making people ill. Around 300,000 doses of the vaccine are to be immediately withdrawn following fears that the most recent batch

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