Vaccinate Yourself Against 5 Common Flu Myths. It’s flu season again. And now, along with the barrage of helpful flu shot reminders, comes the annual outbreak of myths about the flu. First, here are some basic facts. Influenza (also known as the “flu”) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses, and is different from the common cold. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year, between 5 and 20% of the U.S. population gets the flu. Read more at www.forbes.com.

Ebola Vaccine Results Are ‘Very Satisfactory’ So Far. LONDON, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Almost 200 people have received GlaxoSmithKline’s experimental Ebola vaccine in trials in the United States, Britain, Mali and Switzerland, and the safety data so far are “very satisfactory,” scientists said on Monday. The trials, which began just over two months ago, have been using healthy volunteers, rather than patients with Ebola, to test whether the vaccine is safe for humans. Read more at www.huffingtonpost.com.

Pneumococcal Vaccines Lead to Reduced Hospitalizations. Two recent studies have found that the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine does more than reduce the incidence of invasive pneumococcal disease, the primary reason it was developed. The vaccine is also linked to fewer hospitalizations from pneumonia and sinusitis. While those illnesses are less often fatal than invasive disease — at least in the developed world — they’re nothing to sneeze at: pneumonia, for example, killed almost a million children worldwide last year. Read more at www.forbes.com.