Cold and Flu in the News

Meet Henry the Hand: A Crusading Doctor's Right-Hand Man

01/17/2014 - Cartoon character helps physician spread the gospel of good hand hygiene

When a Common Cold Becomes More Dangerous for Kids

01/14/2014 - New study clarifies risk factors for lung disease

Health Tip: Avoid Spreading the Common Cold

01/14/2014 - Don't go to work or school

U.S. Flu Cases Continue to Climb

01/10/2014 - Southwestern states hardest hit, but infections still not at epidemic levels, CDC says

Ease Up on Workouts to Aid Flu Recovery, Expert Says

01/09/2014 - Intense exercise will stress the immune system even more

Liquid Tamiflu for Kids in Short Supply

01/08/2014 - Shortage should be resolved in week; Tamiflu capsules and flu shots widely available, U.S. officials say

Temporary Fever May Occur When Kids Under 2 Get 2 Shots at Once

01/07/2014 - Higher risk for a day or two if flu and pneumococcal vaccines given together, study finds

Health Tip: Don't Take Too Much Acetaminophen

01/03/2014 - It's found in many pain and cold meds

Cancer Patients Vulnerable to Complications From Flu

12/27/2013 - Expert advises these patients to get vaccinated as protection

H1N1 Flu Spreading in South-Central U.S.

12/26/2013 - This flu strain tends to hit younger adults harder than older adults, CDC says

Testosterone May Undermine Flu Shot's Effectiveness for Men

12/23/2013 - High levels of the hormone cause fewer antibodies to be produced, researchers say

Flu Vaccine Prevented 6.6 Million Illnesses Last Season: CDC

12/12/2013 - There's still time to get vaccinated for current flu season, health officials say

New Flu Vaccine May Provide More Protection to Kids

12/11/2013 - Study used vaccine targeting 4 flu strains rather than the usual 3

Those With Insurance More Likely to Use Preventive Care: Study

12/10/2013 - And they're less likely to adopt risky habits like smoking

Too Few Americans With Asthma Are Getting Flu Shots, CDC Says

12/05/2013 - Report finds only half of this high-risk group gets immunized

Holiday Health and Safety: Another List to Be Checking Twice

11/28/2013 - An expert offers up tips for a busy season ahead

Swine Flu's Death Toll May Be Much Higher Than Thought

11/26/2013 - Study updates estimate from 2009 pandemic to nearly 203,000 deaths worldwide

H5N1 Bird Flu Vaccine Approved

11/25/2013 - In the event of a pandemic

Kids Hospitalized for Flu Need Antiviral Meds Right Away: Study

11/25/2013 - Survival odds increase with early administration of drugs such as oseltamivir, researchers say

New Push by Doctors to Limit Antibiotic Use in Kids

11/18/2013 - Many upper respiratory infections, such as mild strep throat, don't require the drugs, report says


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More than 200 viruses can cause the common cold. There are more than 1 billion colds in the United States each year.