Cold and Flu in the News

12 States Now Reporting Severe Respiratory Illness That Targets Kids

09/17/2014 - Health officials urge good hygiene to limit exposure to Enterovirus D68

Kids' Severe Respiratory Virus Confirmed in Northeast

09/15/2014 - Health officials urge good hygiene to limit exposure to Enterovirus D68

Respiratory Virus Hitting Kids in at Least 12 States

09/08/2014 - Health officials concerned about a wider outbreak, urge good hygiene to limit exposure

Single-Dose, Injected Flu Treatment Shows Promise

09/08/2014 - Two studies found peramivir shortened symptoms

Study Ties Colds, Flu to Rare Risk of Stroke in Kids

08/20/2014 - Cause seems related to inflammation of the arteries, researchers say

All Pregnant Women Need Flu Shot: Ob/Gyn Group

08/19/2014 - American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says vaccination helps mother and baby

High-Dose Flu Vaccine May Better Protect the Elderly: Study

08/13/2014 - It might also reduce flu hospitalizations and complications, researchers say

When Colds, Flu Lead to Complications in Kids

08/04/2014 - About a third of children admitted to hospital for these infections develop respiratory issues, study finds

Study Finds Many Flu Patients Not Treated Appropriately

07/17/2014 - Antivirals underprescribed for high-risk patients, researchers say

CDC Issues Tough Report on Anthrax Scare

07/11/2014 - Agency places moratorium on transfer of dangerous germs from its high-level labs

For Young Kids, Nasal Spray Beats Needle for Flu Immunization

06/26/2014 - CDC says getting seasonal vaccine via the nose confers better protection for those ages 2 to 8

Current Bird Flu Has Pandemic Potential

06/11/2014 - Just a few changes are needed for circulating strains to become contagious to humans, study finds

People Under 65 Hard Hit by Flu This Year

06/05/2014 - H1N1 strain predominated in season that peaked early; CDC recommends inclusion of H1N1 in next year's vaccine

Antibiotic Lowers Death Risk for Elderly Patients With Pneumonia: Study

06/03/2014 - But azithromycin boosted chances of heart attack slightly in this vulnerable population

Vaccine Against Bird Flu Readied, Just in Case

04/30/2014 - U.S. officials want to be prepared, but some doubt H7N9 will become pandemic

Too Much Codeine Still Prescribed to U.S. Kids: Study

04/21/2014 - ERs give potentially dangerous drug to thousands of children each year

Younger Adults Hit Hardest This Flu Season

04/15/2014 - Although H1N1 strain predominates, previous exposure prevented pandemic

Swine Flu From 2009 Pandemic Also Struck Sea Otters: Study

04/11/2014 - Scientists say finding shows marine animals may be yet another host of flu viruses

Report Questions Effectiveness of Flu Meds

04/10/2014 - 'Hidden' trial data reveals that some Tamiflu claims were unfounded, researchers say

Common Cold Meds May Pose Health Threats

03/19/2014 - Interaction of two ingredients could cause serious side effects, researchers say


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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.