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COVID still has a higher mortality risk than the flu

A recent JAMA study by Ziyad Al-Aly and colleagues using data from over 11,000 hospitalized patients during 2023-24 shows COVID-19 has a 35% higher mortality risk than influenza. Despite frequent mutations of SARS-CoV-2, COVID remains significantly more lethal and causes more hospitalizations than the flu. This undercuts claims that COVID-19 is comparable to influenza in severity.

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H5N1 flu virus (bird flu) vaccine development and availability

The USA faces a growing bird flu outbreak caused by the H5N1 virus, with potential human infection risks but no confirmed human-to-human transmission yet. While the CDC monitors the situation, they’ve prepared by stockpiling H5N1 vaccines from manufacturers like Sanofi and GSK. However, the current vaccine reserves are limited and primarily for healthcare workers, with mass production waiting until a specific pandemic strain is identified. Furthermore, vaccine production could be challenged by reduced chicken egg availability due to the outbreak, prompting research into egg-less vaccine production methods.

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Debunking RFK Jr’s book “Vax-Unvax” – Part 7, flu vaccine

The article by Frank Han, M.D., refutes misconceptions about the flu vaccine presented in “Vax-Unvax: Let the Science Speak.” Han corrects inaccuracies such as mercury content in vaccines, risks of narcolepsy, GBS, and respiratory infections associated with vaccination. His analysis emphasizes the manipulation of data and lack of context in the book’s claims, asserting that flu vaccines are safe and effective, contrary to the book’s misleading allegations. Han advocates for science literacy and informed health decisions, critiquing the book’s anti-vaccine stance.

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Bivalent COVID vaccines are not linked to stroke — new research

Recent research shows that bivalent mRNA COVID vaccines do not increase stroke risk, a claim previously unverified large-scale studies. The paper in JAMA examined 5.4 million records, finding no significant stroke risk after COVID vaccines but indicated risks associated with flu vaccines, contradicting most prior research. Further analysis is called for to resolve confusion.

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The Trump school vaccine plan will be a public health catastrophe

Donald Trump threatens to defund schools implementing vaccine mandates, possibly risking a public health catastrophe by endangering vaccine rates for diseases like measles, which is highly contagious and potentially fatal. Historically, school vaccine mandates have been crucial in nearly eradicating diseases such as polio and maintaining high childhood vaccination rates in the USA. The potential repeal of mandates could lead to outbreaks, strain hospital resources, and have severe health and economic impacts. Leading experts strongly oppose the plan, forewarning of its dire consequences.

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CDC reports low COVID, RSV, flu vaccination rates

During the 2023-24 winter, the U.S. is facing increased risks of COVID-19, RSV, and influenza due to low vaccination rates. The CDC reports that only 21.4% of adults over 18 and 41.5% of those over 65 received the COVID-19 vaccine. Flu vaccination rates are better at 46.8% for adults and 74.1% for seniors. However, only 20.1% of seniors are vaccinated against RSV. Children’s vaccination rates have yet to be revealed.

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Flu, COVID, RSV on the rise — beware the tripledemic

The USA, including California, faces a ‘tripledemic’ of seasonal flu, new COVID-19 variants, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). All three respiratory viruses, particularly harmful to seniors and children, can be prevented through vaccination. Despite this, many places are reporting low vaccination rates, especially among older people. The content highlights RSV’s severity and contagion, recent research into the virus, and the situation with the three diseases in California and other states.