Influenza is caused by a common and easily-spread virus, and for some, has significant health consequences. Rates of influenza have been unusually low during the past two flu seasons (2019-20 and 2020-21), thanks to public health measures aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19. Unfortunately, that reduced exposure to influenza may leave the population more vulnerable to infection.1
Already this year has seen an unusual spring-time surge of influenza infections, due in part to the lifting of pandemic restrictions such as masking and social distancing... Read more
Pregnancy and COVID-19 — Understanding the Vaccine’s Impact
Looking forward to starting a family or having another child? The COVID-19 pandemic adds some concerns around getting pregnant and keeping mom and baby safe. Some prospective parents may worry that vaccination to help protect against COVID-19 will affect their fertility or the course of a pregnancy.
If you’re 50 years of age or more, odds are that you’ve heard of shingles or know someone who has experienced this notoriously painful condition. About 90 percent of people over 50 are at risk due to having chickenpox as children. Shingles, known medically as herpes zoster, occurs when the varicella zoster virus that causes childhood chickenpox is reactivated.
Preventing Influenza in the Time of COVID-19
After a fairly mild flu season last year, rates of influenza are predicted to increase significantly this year since fewer people will have been exposed to it and developed natural immunity. That makes getting your flu vaccination especially important this year, to protect older adults who are more susceptible to both the flu and COVID-19.