Cold and Flu in the News

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

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


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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.