nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Boring Weekend For Medical Stuff...BUT, New Flu Shot Guidelines

The last few days have been incredibly boring (medically).  Holiday weekend?

Two days ago, I got my new issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.  Blah, blah, blah,... interesting stuff for doctors, but nothing startling.  Stuff like this:
"Gefitinib or Chemotherapy for Non–Small-Cell Lung Cancer with Mutated EGFR"
It's not only indecipherable, it's boring.  (So I made myself read it...actually, important stuff on a new drug for a type of lung cancer...but I was looking for entertainment...whine)

So, to make this post useful here's an Info Notice.

The CDC has issued new guidelines for the coming year's flu shot.  Every year they try to guess which strains of flu will be out there, and create a mix that becomes the new year's vaccine.  If you're interested in the details:
"The seasonal vaccine will include a pandemic 2009 H1N1 virus, as well as an A/Perth/16/2009 (H3N2)-like virus and a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus."
The IMPORTANT THING TO KNOW is that children who didn't get the H1N1 last year, should get two doses of this year's vaccine (which includes the 2009 strain, as you can see above.)

By "children", they mean 6 months to 8 years.  This group is at increased risk from last year's pandemic virus.

Hope you had a great 4th!

Doc D

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