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, October 5, 2010

Don't Miss It...Flu Vaccine Is Here, Coming To A Pharmacy Near You.

The flu vaccine has been available for over a month.  If you skip it, you'll regret it.

Here's why:
1.  It can take up to three weeks to become immune.  Wait until people are sick around you...and you messed up.
2.  The more people who are immune, the less the spread, and the fewer the cases.
3.  For you, influenza may not be a lethal threat.  But I assume you have older relatives, someone you know who's pregnant, a friend with a chronic illness?  How would YOU like to be the agent of their death?

As I said some time back, H1N1 is still around.  The data from last year showed that infants were particularly vulnerable, and the virus was more lethal in the first year of life.

The good thing we now knowis that mothers who are pregnant pass on their immunity (if they get the vaccine) to their babies in utero.  Influenza was 40% less likely in infants under the age of six months if their mother got the vaccine while pregnant.  The study is here.

Doc D

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