It's not the worst flu season in the past decade, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shared during a press conference Friday morning. But it's pretty close and it's far from over.
At total level, year-over-year growth of 4% in December does not seem all that impressive. Indeed, it is a little way below the average monthly rate for 2017 and quite a bit below the 6.6% uplift recorded in November.
However, the figure is affected by weak sales of autos which were up by only 0.4% over the prior year. When this, and other non-core categories are removed, pure retail sales increased by 4.6%. This represents a significant increase over the average monthly 3.8% uplift for 2017 and puts December as the third best month for retail growth of the year.
Earier this week Pharmasave encouraged Canadians to understand their personal health risks from smoking and to get support from Pharmasave pharmacists to help them become tobacco free. Despite having one of the lowest smoking rates the world, smoking tobacco remains the leading cause of preventable death in Canada.
Natural Alternatives International on Thursday introduced Evertrain, a new sports supplement brand that provides the performance boosting daily dose of up to 6.4g CarnoSyn beta-alanine.
The age indications for GSK's Fluarix Quadrivalent have been expanded to include administration to babies 6 months or older, from toddlers 3 years of age and older, following approval of the new indication from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, GSK announced Friday.