Infections Occur More Commonly During Winter Due to Close Contact

Infections Occur More Commonly During Winter Due to Close Contact

The principal reason for the increase in the number of infections in winter weather is the fact that people tend to remain indoors in cold weather and, thus, are in very close contact with one another. Proximity allows the spread of many viruses that cause respiratory infections. In addition, influenza is even more common in winter because the virus first attacks the Far East in their summer and then spreads westward and reaches the U.S. by winter. Although it is preferable that one should stay warm, there is little hard evidence to suggest that not wearing a hat or exposure of wet hair to inclement weather increases the risk of infection or, more specifically, pneumonia. The truth is, the flu and the common cold are both caused by viruses. People get sick more often in the winter because they’re exposed to each other more.

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Combination Flu and Bacterial Infections Can Be Very Serious

Combination Flu and Bacterial Infections Can Be Very Serious

It’s something we don’t think about, but it can happen and it can be quite serious. We’re talking about the combination of flu infection with bacterial infections. There have been many reported cases where people have died from such a combination. In fact, with the appearance of H1N1 flu virus there was a concern that this type of infection followed by bacterial pneumonia could occur and become extremely complicated. Infectious diseases experts see this quite often. There have been associations of staph aureus with post-influenza infections in the 50’s and 60’s, especially in times of pandemic influenza.

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Infections Occur More Commonly During Winter Due to Close Contact

Infections Occur More Commonly During Winter Due to Close Contact

The principal reason for the increase in the number of infections in winter weather is the fact that people tend to remain indoors in cold weather and, thus, are in very close contact with one another. Proximity allows the spread of many viruses that cause respiratory infections. In addition, influenza is even more common in winter because the virus first attacks the Far East in their summer and then spreads westward and reaches the U.S. by winter. Although it is preferable that one should stay warm, there is little hard evidence to suggest that not wearing a hat or exposure of wet hair to inclement weather increases the risk of infection or, more specifically, pneumonia. The truth is, the flu and the common cold are both caused by viruses. People get sick more often in the winter because they’re exposed to each other more.

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Tamiflu Flu Shot and Behavioral Side-Effects

Tamiflu Flu Shot and Behavioral Side-Effects

The Food and Drug Administration is suggesting that doctors and parents be alert for signs of bizarre behavior in children treated with the flu drug Tamiflu. All of this stems from a past incident in Japan where the medication was used ten times more often than in the United States. Basically, an FDA pediatric panel is going to discuss the issue. Recommendations suggest there may be a warning placed on a medication similar to the one in Japan which says disturbances in consciousness or abnormal behavior, even delirium can occur. It’s obviously something that needs to be looked at closely.

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