Mar 5 2012

Public Health News Roundup: March 5

FDA Approves First Flu Vaccine to Protect Against Four Strains of Flu Virus

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved FluMist Quadrivalent, a vaccine to prevent seasonal flu in people ages 2 through 49. The new vaccine is the first flu shot to contain four strains of the influenza virus: two influenza A strains and two influenza B strains. Previous vaccines have contained two A strains and one B strain. According to the FDA, adding the second strain of the B virus increases the likelihood of adequate protection against circulating influenza B strains. Read more flu news.

Teens Who Watch Movies With Alcohol More Likely To Binge Drink

A survey of teenagers in six European countries, published in Pediatrics, found that the more exposure teens had to alcohol use in movies, the more likely they were to binge drink, even after controlling for other factors such as age and affluence. The study authors say alcohol should be considered in movie ratings. Read more on substance abuse.

Strategies Help Reduce Cost of Healthy Snacks for After-School Programs

Nutritious snacks don’t have to bust budgets, according to a new study by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health. The new study, published in Preventing Chronic Disease, looked at the cost of foods served in YMCA after-school programs in four cities and offered strategies for lowering costs:

  • Serve water instead of juice
  • Do not serve sugar-sweetened beverages
  • Serve low-priced vegetables such as carrots or celery
  • Avoid food with trans fats

Read more on school health.

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