triple threat virus

triple threat virus

Early in the COVID pandemic, surges in other seasonal respiratory viruses such as influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) were well below normal levels, likely due to mask use and other precautions taken to treat to quell the spread of SARS-CoV-2. But in the third year of the pandemic, as the public has largely abandoned … Read more

Influenza activity peaked without a rise in cases after the holidays, but respiratory virus season is still in full swing

Influenza activity peaked without a rise in cases after the holidays, but respiratory virus season is still in full swing

CNN — The flu is still very common in the US, but the first wave of the season, which swept the country weeks earlier than usual, appears to have peaked. The weeks after the holiday break brought sustained high levels of transmission and hospitalization, but flu activity does not appear to have increased as many … Read more

The flu turned deadly within 48 hours for this young family. Now they get vaccinated every year.

The flu turned deadly within 48 hours for this young family.  Now they get vaccinated every year.

CNN — Jessica Richman felt fear wash over her, again. In October, she watched her 3-year-old daughter, Layla, become unusually lethargic, run a high fever, and begin to have difficulty breathing. It was a painful reminder of her other daughter, Cayden, who died of the flu in December 2014. Cayden was the same age as … Read more

Europe fights pressure on health systems in a ‘harsh winter’

Europe fights pressure on health systems in a ‘harsh winter’

LONDON Some European countries are experiencing a “harsh winter” with increasing pressure on health systems amid strikes, medicine shortages and a surge in hospital bed occupancy. Although Europe is focused on political and economic issues such as Russia’s ongoing war against Ukraine, uncertainty about energy prices and the cost of living, health has become a … Read more

Not getting a flu shot is a health risk

Not getting a flu shot is a health risk

Q: I’ve been reading that it’s a pretty bad flu season this year and I’m starting to worry about getting sick. I haven’t gotten a flu shot yet, but I think it might be too late. Is it still worth getting vaccinated? Is this year’s vaccine effective? A: Thank you for bringing up an important … Read more

Influenza activity peaked without a rise in cases after the holidays, but respiratory virus season is still in full swing

Influenza activity peaked without a rise in cases after the holidays, but respiratory virus season is still in full swing

CNN — The flu is still very common in the US, but the first wave of the season, which swept the country weeks earlier than usual, appears to have peaked. The weeks after the holiday break brought sustained high levels of transmission and hospitalization, but flu activity does not appear to have increased as many … Read more

Influenza cases in Alberta continue downward trend in the first week of 2023

Influenza cases in Alberta continue downward trend in the first week of 2023

In the first week of 2023, the number of Albertans admitted to hospital, sent to the ICU, or who died from influenza continued all the rise across the board, even as week-over-week cases trend lower. Between December 31, 2022 and January 7, Alberta Health reported 13 more deaths and 106 more hospitalizations than the previous … Read more

Know Your Winter Respiratory Illness

Know Your Winter Respiratory Illness

With respiratory season in full swing and COVID-19 continuing to infect, knowing the basics of the common cold, influenza, COVID-19, and respiratory syncytial virus can help ensure patients receive appropriate care. As the calendar shifts to January, the United States finds itself in the midst of a “triple epidemic” in full force, with COVID-19, influenza, … Read more

Flu activity remains high but continued to decline ahead of Christmas, CDC data shows

Flu activity remains high but continued to decline ahead of Christmas, CDC data shows

CNN — Seasonal flu activity remains high in the United States, but continued to decline in most areas last week, before Christmas, according to data published on Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Numbers do not include flu activity after the holidays. The CDC estimates that, as of last week, there … Read more