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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ordinary seasonal flu vaccines may provide a small amount of protection against bird flu, Italian researchers reported on Wednesday....Cristiana Gioia, Maria Capobianchi and colleagues at the National Institute for Infectious Diseases Lazzaro Spallanzani in Rome tested the blood of 42 volunteers who had been vaccinated against seasonal influenza...Health experts around the world are trying to boost rates of annual flu vaccination for two reasons -- because flu itself kills between 250,000 and 500,000 people a year, and also to help the world prepare for a pandemic
These experts agree a pandemic is overdue, and fear H5N1 could cause the next one as it is constantly popping up among birds and a few people in Asia and Africa and among birds in Europe.
If more people get vaccinated against seasonal flu, companies will make more of the vaccine and can quickly turn production to match whatever strain of pandemic flu, including some version of H5N1, that may eventually occur.
Increasingly I see patients who have just finished a complete course of the “best” antibiotic. They come to me because they are still sick or worse. This is because of how popular it has been to instantly prescribe antibiotics for Everything. Easy for the doctor, easy for the patient, great for the drug companies. Drug resistant bacteria are on the rise. Infections like tonsillitis, sinusitis, ear infections – no longer clear with a shot of penicillin.
Everyday we learn that our drugs with few side effects that worked yesterday no longer work for infection. This affects you personally! It is your friend who pops a few pills with every sniffle that is causing the growth of drug resistant bacteria that can land your child in intensive care.