Cold and Flu in the News

Scientists Test Universal Flu Vaccine in Mice

07/21/2015 - If finding bears out in humans, new vaccines might not have to be developed every year

Virus Mutation Explains Poor Performance of Last Season's Flu Shot: Study

06/25/2015 - Strain of H3N2 virus that was circulating did not match strain used in vaccine

CDC Tweaking Flu Vaccine for Better Protection

06/05/2015 - Next season's shot includes last year's missing strain

Bird Flu Poses Little Threat to People: CDC

04/22/2015 - Genetic analysis indicates public shouldn't be alarmed, 'cautiously optimistic' health officials say

3.8 Million Chickens To Be Killed After Bird Flu Outbreak at Iowa Farm

04/21/2015 - Experts stress this strain poses little risk to humans

Dog Flu Outbreak Unleashes Warnings From Veterinarians

04/16/2015 - Pay attention to where cases are occurring

Too Few Kids With Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy Get Flu Shot: Study

04/10/2015 - But they are more likely to develop flu-rated complications

Could Household Bleach Raise Kids' Risk for Flu, Other Infections?

04/03/2015 - European study shows 'modest' effect, but cause-and-effect not clear

Bird Flu Spreads Across China, Posing Threat to People: Report

03/11/2015 - Second outbreak, with 318 human infections and 100 deaths, twice as big as first outbreak

Seniors Bear Brunt of This Flu Season

03/05/2015 - CDC says 60 percent of hospitalizations, 79 percent of deaths were among those 65 or older

Typical Adult Over 30 Gets Flu Twice Every 10 Years: Study

03/03/2015 - Infection hits younger people more often, maybe because they mingle in larger groups, researcher suggests

Seasonal Flu Vaccine Even Less Effective Than Thought: CDC

02/27/2015 - And nasal version appears to provide no protection at all for young children

Viruses Increasingly Behind Child Pneumonia Cases

02/25/2015 - Bug that causes common cold, other infections often to blame, study finds

A Doctor's Advice, a Patient's Race Influence Flu Shot Rates

02/24/2015 - Blacks less likely than whites to get immunized, survey shows

Seasonal Flu Vaccine May Protect Against Deadly Bird Flu

02/17/2015 - Study reveals protective response to rare virus strains

Flu Sending Record Numbers of Elderly to the Hospital: CDC

02/13/2015 - But the worst seems to be over as season continues to wind down, officials say

Many States Still in Flu's Grip, But Some Areas Report Declines

02/06/2015 - CDC expects to see high activity for several more weeks

Just Half of Nursing Home Staff Getting Flu Vaccine

02/03/2015 - Lack of immunization may put nursing home residents at risk, researchers note

Tamiflu Cuts 1 Day Off Average Flu Bout, Study Finds

01/30/2015 - Researchers reviewed collected data on the influenza medication

Flu's Grip on U.S. Starting to Weaken: CDC

01/29/2015 - Some areas are starting to see a decline in infections, official says

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