Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The company continues to meet the demand created by the flu season.
Tuesday, February 12
Kimberly-Clark, a Roswell-based company, has reacted to the influenza season reaching epidemic levels across the United States by continuing to increase production of face masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) products. The company said in a news release that it was responding to increased customer demand from acute care facilities across the country. "The health and safety of our valued customers and their patients is our most important priority," said John Amat, vice president of Sales and Marketing, Kimberly-Clark Health Care. "Kimberly-Clark representatives are proactively reaching out to all of our current customers to assure them that with our North America-based product supply, we can continue to provide the highest …
Monday, January 21, 2013
Roswell and Alpharetta physicians say there is still a need to get the flu shot this season.
This flu season is different than previous years because of the sheer volume of people who are getting sick, according to several North Fulton doctors. Dr. Richard Ellin, who works at Kaiser Permanente Alpharetta Medical Offices, said in the past two or three years, he'd see the occasional flu patient, maybe one or two a week. "This year, we are seeing anywhere from three to six a day and that's just me," Dr. Ellin said. "Fifteen to twenty percent of my day is the flu or complications from the flu. "Another thing is, we are seeing many more people who have got the flu shot who have gotten the flu," he said. That's because the Influenza H3n2 strain has mutated into something that wasn't included in this year's vaccine, according to Dr. …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Does a flu shot cause the flu? Do healthy people need a shot? Here are the answers to some myths.
Thursday, January 17
The flu vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your family. However, misconceptions about vaccination persist. Here are 7 common myths about vaccination. Flu Myth #1 A Flu Shot Causes the Flu No, a flu shot cannot cause flu illness. The influenza viruses contained in a flu shot are inactivated (killed), which means they cannot cause infection. Flu vaccine manufacturers kill the viruses used in the vaccine during the process of making vaccine, and batches of flu vaccine are tested to make sure they are safe. In randomized, blinded studies, where some people get flu shots and others get salt-water shots, the only differences in symptoms was increased soreness in the arm and redness at the injection site among people who got the …
Sunday, January 13, 2013
With the flu season at its worst since 2007, will you get a flu shot this year?
Approximately 128.1 million doses of the influenza virus vaccine had already been distributed throughout the United States by Jan. 4, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health officials aim to increase that number, especially since this year's season is shaping up to be a bad one. As of the last week in December, 29 states, including Georgia, were reporting a high level of influenza-like illness. Influenza—more commonly known as simply "the flu"—is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses infecting the nose, throat and lungs. It spreads via infected people coughing, sneezing or talking, though people can also get infected by touching something with the flu virus on it before touching their mouth, eyes or…
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Fulton health centers and local pharmacies are currently vaccinating patients against the flu.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Flu season is here. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), now is the time to make sure you're protected. The agency says for the first time in almost a decade, flu season is ramping up early. Fulton County Health Services encourages all residents to protect themselves and their families by getting vaccinated. Vaccines are available at six health centers from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. through the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness. Residents can get the flu vaccine or the nasal mist (age 2 to 49 years) for $25. Visa and Master Card (credit and debit), Medicaid, Cigna, United Health care and cash are accepted forms of payment. Additionally, vaccines are also available at many local pharmacies, including …