Cold and Flu in the News

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

Could Flu Raise Risk of Fatal Artery Tear?

11/17/2014 - Preliminary research suggests a connection between the two

Health Tip: When to Call the Doctor About a Cold or Flu

11/07/2014 - Signs they need medical attention

Ebola or Not? Rapid Test for the Virus Not Here Yet

10/20/2014 - With flu season approaching, finding an accurate, speedy screening method will become more important

U.S. Life Expectancy Hits Record High of Nearly 79 Years: CDC

10/08/2014 - Lifestyle changes cited as reason for gains, researchers say

Scientists Aim to Improve Vaccines Against 'Bird Flu'

10/07/2014 - Two studies show promising results

Officials Report First Confirmed Child Death Due to Enterovirus D68

10/06/2014 - Virus, which can cause paralysis, has spread to 43 states, CDC says

42 States Reporting Respiratory Virus That Targets Kids

10/02/2014 - Health officials also investigating whether it's linked to several deaths, cases of muscle weakness, paralysis

New Clues to How Colds Can Spur Asthma Attacks

10/01/2014 - Finding provides new target for drug development, experts say

40 States, District of Columbia Reporting Respiratory Virus That Targets Kids

09/29/2014 - Health officials also investigating whether germ is tied to cases of muscle weakness in 9 Colorado children

Health Tip: Help Keep Germs at Bay

09/25/2014 - Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze


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If you have the flu, you are contagious one day before symptoms appear and up to five days after.