Cold and Flu in the News

Health Tip: Could You Have the Flu?

01/22/2015 - Here are possible symptoms

Pneumonia Raises Heart Disease Risk for Years: Study

01/20/2015 - Findings underscore value of preventive vaccines

Only 23 Percent Protection From This Year's Flu Vaccine

01/15/2015 - CDC urges early antiviral treatment if symptoms appear

Bad Flu Season Continues to Take Toll, Especially Among the Young and Old

01/09/2015 - Not too late to get a flu shot, health officials say; antiviral meds strongly recommended

Tips for Steering Clear of Flu

01/09/2015 - It's not too late to get vaccinated, doctors stress

Bad Flu Season Getting Worse, CDC Says

01/05/2015 - 43 states reporting widespread influenza activity and 21 child deaths

FDA Shares Advice to Avoid Colds and Flu

01/02/2015 - Influenza virus is spread by sneezing, talking and touching contaminated surfaces

Flu Now Epidemic in U.S., With 15 Child Deaths Reported

12/30/2014 - But it's too early to know if this year's strain is more severe than usual, CDC says

Health Tip: Taking Care of Someone With Flu

12/30/2014 - Suggestions to keep yourself well

Rapivab Approved to Help Treat Flu

12/22/2014 - Intravenous drug inhibits viral enzyme

Many Flu Infections Aren't Good Match for Vaccine: CDC

12/18/2014 - But health officials still urge people to get inoculated because the shot should offer some protection

Frail Elderly Might Benefit From High-Dose Flu Shot

12/18/2014 - Ramped-up vaccine elicits greater immune response, study finds

Vaccinating Schoolkids Cuts Flu in Communities: Study

12/15/2014 - Infection rate went down among other population segments, such as preschoolers and adults

Many Americans Still Haven't Gotten a Flu Shot

12/11/2014 - Health officials cite reports on the vaccine's potentially limited effectiveness

Scientists Find Gene They Say Affects Flu Shot Response

12/11/2014 - Discovery could lead to way to boost immune response to vaccine, researchers suggest

Flu Shot May Offer Less Protection This Winter: CDC

12/04/2014 - Vaccine not a good match for mutated strains circulating now, officials say

Kids Who Were Preemies More Vulnerable to Flu Complications: Study

12/04/2014 - Current guidelines don't identify them as a high-risk group, but they should, researchers say

Steer Clear of Cold Meds for Babies, FDA Advises

11/26/2014 - Drugs carry serious risks, and most infants, toddlers recover with rest and extra care

Flu Season Off to a Slow Start ... for Now

11/21/2014 - Get vaccinated, health experts say, because it takes about two weeks for protection to kick in

Health Tip: Easing Baby's Nasal Congestion

11/19/2014 - Use a cool-mist humidifier

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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.