Tag: flu

Flu season is getting weirder

Coronavirus may be in the headlines, but it’s still flu season, and a weird one at that — officials are seeing a new spike in flu activity as a second strain of flu hits on the heels of the first. The 2019-2020 flu season already had an unusual start — in December and early January,

Building a better flu shot

Each year millions of Americans become sick with the flu, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized and tens of thousands die. Getting the flu shot can reduce the chances of infection. But, at best, the vaccine is only effective 40% to 60% of the time, according to the CDC. Now Michigan State University researchers have data

How to fight the flu with food

Annual flu vaccinations are important because the virus is always changing, but there is more you can do throughout the season to keep the flu at a distance. Dr. Karen Latimer shares her tips on fighting the flu — and, she says, the grocery store is a good place to start. Healthy eating becomes even more vital

Does Tamiflu REALLY Do Anything For The Flu?

There’s lots of misinformation about the flu out there: the flu shot makes you sick (nope), the flu is just a really bad cold (def not), and you catch the flu from going outside with wet hair (nuh-uh). But when it comes to Tamiflu—the FDA-approved medication that promises to make your flu symptoms disappear and

Flu jab symptoms: Can the flu jab give you a cold?

Flu season 2019 starts in autumn and winter every year, as colder conditions weaken immune system defences and bolster virus replication. Many people will contract a nasty strain of the virus, which will pass with time. Other people may have a compromised immune system making it difficult to fight off the flu, and require a

Survey: many U.S. adults not planning to get flu vaccine

(HealthDay)—Many U.S. adults, including some at the highest risk for the flu and pneumonia, do not plan to get preventive vaccines, according to a survey conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago on behalf of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. The survey was conducted between Aug. 15 and 18, 2019, to better understand

How to not get sick: 8 ways to avoid colds and the flu

Although most cold and flu infections occur during the fall and winter seasons, the viruses responsible for these illnesses are present year-round. Fighting off a viral infection takes its toll on most people, causing them to miss days at work and valuable time with their friends and families. In this article, we describe eight evidence-based

Flu season: What you need to know to stay healthy

Each year, particularly during the winter months, millions of Americans are infected with influenza. The flu causes symptoms such as fever, coughing, body aches and fatigue, and, in some cases, can lead to serious complications and even death. Arnold Monto, professor of epidemiology and global health at the University of Michigan School of Public Health,

8 common myths about cold and flu debunked

Many people love autumn for the colorful foliage and pumpkin spice, but each year it ushers in another season that is more menacing: cold and flu season, that is. The two illnesses are often lumped together, but there are important distinctions. And when it comes to prevention and treatment, there are plenty of misconceptions that

Three-quarters of health care workers got flu shot last year

(HealthDay)—Just over three-quarters of health care personnel received a flu vaccine last season, according to research published in the Sept. 28 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Carla L. Black, Ph.D., from the CDC in Atlanta, and colleagues conducted an opt-in internet panel survey of 2,265