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‘Live’ Flu Vaccine Appears Safe for Kids with Asthma, New Study Finds

Live attenuated flu vaccine is no more likely to cause respiratory problems in kids with asthma than the inactivated version, researchers say.

Does ‘Baby Talk’ Really Help Your Baby Learn to Speak?

Baby talk may be a key component in helping babies form words, researchers say.

Is a Really Bad Flu Season Coming?

The U.S. could be facing severe flu outbreaks as COVID safety measures are relaxed, according to a new study.

60% Of Americans May Delay or Skip Flu Shot, Survey Finds

Despite COVID-19 and warnings that this flu season could be severe, many adults say they may delay or skip the flu shot, according to a new survey

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04 Aug
Australia's Current Flu Season Is Tough: Will America's Be the Same?

Australia's Current Flu Season Is Tough: Will America's Be the Same?

As the worst flu season in five years winds down in Australia, U.S. health officials are bracing for similar severity this coming fall.

Why? The flu season in Southern Hemisphere countries like Australia can...

29 Jun
Could Getting Your Flu Shot Help Prevent Alzheimer's?

Could Getting Your Flu Shot Help Prevent Alzheimer's?

A yearly flu shot may do more than protect you from a nasty bout of influenza: New research suggests it may help guard against Alzheimer's disease as well.

People who were vaccinated at least once ...

23 Jun
CDC Panel Urges Seniors to Get New, More Potent Flu Shot This Fall

CDC Panel Urges Seniors to Get New, More Potent Flu Shot This Fall

A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccine advisory panel on Wednesday voted to recommend that Americans 65 and older get the new, more...

17 Jun
COVID Is More Dangerous Than Flu for Kids, Study Finds

COVID Is More Dangerous Than Flu for Kids, Study Finds

COVID-19 poses far more danger to kids than seasonal flu, a new study confirms.

"We found the impact to pediatric hospitalization among the two viruses are not equivalent and, in fact, children admitted with COVID-19 or MIS-C experienced longer stays and required mo...

16 Jun
Flu Shots Lag in States With Low COVID Vaccine Uptake

Flu Shots Lag in States With Low COVID Vaccine Uptake

Adult flu shots have slumped in states with low COVID-19 vaccination rates, suggesting that COVID-19 vaccination behavior may have spilled over to flu-vaccine behavior, new research indicates.

University of California, Los Angeles researchers point to declining trust in ...

09 Jun
Fever, Fatigue: Scientists Pinpoint the Brain's 'Sickness Center'

Fever, Fatigue: Scientists Pinpoint the Brain's 'Sickness Center'

A small area of your brain triggers the familiar symptoms of fever, chills, fatigue and loss of appetite when you have a viral or bacterial infection, new animal research suggests.

The findings could eventually lead to ways to reverse this process when symptoms pose a ri...

23 May
Repeat Infections With COVID-19 May Become the Norm

Repeat Infections With COVID-19 May Become the Norm

COVID-19 might be easing into a new status as a widely circulating and somewhat harsher version of the common cold, experts say - a virus that folks could contract repeatedly, even if they were recently infected.

"[SARS-CoV-2] is destined to join four of its family membe...

18 May
Is It COVID, Flu or RSV? New At-Home Test May Tell

Is It COVID, Flu or RSV? New At-Home Test May Tell

Americans will soon be able to self-test at home to find out whether they have COVID-19, the flu or another common germ, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

The first nonprescription test that can spot all t...

10 May
Today's Seasonal Flu May Descend From 1918 Pandemic Strain

Today's Seasonal Flu May Descend From 1918 Pandemic Strain

Today's H1N1 flu -- commonly known as the swine flu - appears to be a direct descendent of the influenza virus that caused the catastrophic 1918 pandemic, a new analysis shows.

Genetic data drawn fr...

30 Mar
Combo of COVID & Flu Even More Lethal for Hospitalized Patients

Combo of COVID & Flu Even More Lethal for Hospitalized Patients

Hospitalized COVID-19 patients who also have the flu have a double whammy that brings a much higher risk of severe illness and death than COVID alone, according to a new study.

The findings highlight the need to test COVID-19 patients for the flu and underscore the

28 Mar
'Live' Type of Flu Shot Is Safe for Kids With Asthma: Study

'Live' Type of Flu Shot Is Safe for Kids With Asthma: Study

Yearly flu shots are especially important for kids with asthma as any virus can trigger an asthma attack. But in the not-too-distant future, these kids might be able to get a spritz instead of a jab, new research hints.

Current recommendations suggest

11 Mar
Flu Vaccine No Match for Circulating Variants This Season

Flu Vaccine No Match for Circulating Variants This Season

This season's flu shot offered virtually no protection against infection, a new government report shows.

While this latest vaccine only cut the risk of getting a mild case of flu by 16%, the agency has

10 Feb
Did Dinosaurs Get Colds, Too?

Did Dinosaurs Get Colds, Too?

The fossilized bones of a young dinosaur show evidence of a respiratory infection that may have caused familiar flu-like symptoms -- fever, coughing and trouble breathing.

Dolly, as she's been dubbed by researchers, was an immature diplodocid -- a large, long-necked plan...

07 Feb
Seasonal Flu Shots Give Kids Broader Protection Against New Strains

Seasonal Flu Shots Give Kids Broader Protection Against New Strains

A new study finds that kids who have received years of seasonal flu shots have antibodies that provide wider protection against new influenza strains, something researchers say doesn't happen in adults.

These findings could help efforts to develop a universal flu vaccine...

17 Jan
CDC Study Shows Power of Flu Vaccine for Kids

CDC Study Shows Power of Flu Vaccine for Kids

Flu vaccines protect children against serious illness, even when the vaccine doesn't match the circulating flu virus, according to a new study that reinforces the importance of flu shots.

Flu viruses are constantly changing, and the effectiveness of flu vaccines can be i...

10 Jan
New Worry: 'Flurona,' When COVID Meets the Flu

New Worry: 'Flurona,' When COVID Meets the Flu

It's a COVID phenomenon that had, until now, gone relatively unnoticed: You can be infected with COVID-19 and the flu at the same time.

Thanks to the internet, it even has a name -- "flurona." And it will likely happen much more often this particular winter, as the flu s...

22 Dec
Going Viral: Flu Rebounds as Omicron Variant Surges

Going Viral: Flu Rebounds as Omicron Variant Surges

Flu is making a comeback in the United States this year, with cases rising around the country even as the Omicron variant is surging, infectious disease experts say.

"We already are seeing significant increases in the amount of influenza occurring across the United State...

17 Dec
Flu Vaccine May Not Protect Against Main Flu Strain: Study

Flu Vaccine May Not Protect Against Main Flu Strain: Study

This season's flu vaccine may do little to prevent infection with the main circulating virus strain because the strain has changed since the vaccine was developed, a new study suggests.

However, the vaccine is still likely to protect against severe illness and death, acc...

09 Dec
Who Gets a Flu Shot? Having a Doctor Is Key

Who Gets a Flu Shot? Having a Doctor Is Key

Public health experts have long recommended getting a seasonal flu shot, but a new study suggests there's hesitancy about that vaccine, too. Physicians and pharmacists can play a key role in flu shot uptake, the research shows.

Only about 44% of people who had a health c...

05 Dec
With Holidays Ahead, COVID Boosters a Must for People With Weak Immune Systems

With Holidays Ahead, COVID Boosters a Must for People With Weak Immune Systems

If you're a patient with a weakened immune system, roll up your sleeves to stay safe over the holidays and winter months.

"Immunocompromised patients absolutely should get a flu shot as well as an additional COVID-19 vaccine dose," said Dr. Marwa Kaisey, a neuroimmunolog...

12 Nov
Child Nasal Swab Tests Conducted by Parent Yield Accurate Results: Study

Child Nasal Swab Tests Conducted by Parent Yield Accurate Results: Study

Parent-collected nasal swab samples from kids could be as good at detecting respiratory infections such as COVID-19 as those taken by nurses, but that's not the case with saliva samples, British researchers say.

Respiratory infections such as colds and flu are among...

02 Nov
Zinc Might Help Shorten Your Cold or Flu, Study Finds

Zinc Might Help Shorten Your Cold or Flu, Study Finds

Many people pop a zinc supplement at the first sign of a cold, and there's new evidence supporting the habit.

Australian researchers found that the supplements appear to help shorten respiratory tract infections, such as colds, flu, sinusitis and pneumonia.

Many ov...

25 Oct
COVID Pandemic May Have Driven a Flu Strain Into Extinction

COVID Pandemic May Have Driven a Flu Strain Into Extinction

It's well-known that COVID-19 pandemic restrictions pretty much quashed the 2020-2021 flu season, with influenza cases falling to never-before-seen lows in the United States.

So little flu circulated, in fact, that some scientists now suspect that one of the major strain...

20 Oct
Flu Cases Already Up 23% This Season: Walgreens

Flu Cases Already Up 23% This Season: Walgreens

Flu activity in the United States is 23% higher so far this season than in 2020, sales of flu medications at Walgreens suggest.

The significant increase shown by the company's analysis of its own data reflects the historically low levels of flu last year as people stayed...

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14 Oct
Is a Really Bad Flu Season on the Way?

Is a Really Bad Flu Season on the Way?

It could be a bad flu season this year -- and for a couple of years to come -- in places in the United States where COVID-19 restrictions like social distancing and masking have been lifted, researchers warn.

These sorts of measures caused flu cases to decline by more th...

12 Oct
60% of Americans Will Delay or Skip Flu Shot This Year: Survey

60% of Americans Will Delay or Skip Flu Shot This Year: Survey

Experts are warning that the upcoming flu season could be severe as social distancing measures are relaxed across the United States, but a new survey finds that 6 in 10 Americans may delay or skip a flu shot.

However, it also found that 98% of those who got a flu shot la...

08 Oct
CDC Urges Flu Shots as Survey Shows Half of Americans Don't Plan on It

CDC Urges Flu Shots as Survey Shows Half of Americans Don't Plan on It

A new survey showing that nearly half of U.S. adults are not likely to get a flu shot this season has prompted federal health officials to urge all Americans to get the flu vaccines.

Even more troubling is that the poll of 1,110 respondents aged 18 and older also found t...

08 Oct
Social Distancing Kept Kids From Getting Flu, RSV

Social Distancing Kept Kids From Getting Flu, RSV

Social distancing and mask mandates during the pandemic nearly eliminated cases of the flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) among children, a new study finds.

"Numbers don't lie. Face masking, and proper hygiene and isolation, can be effective means to protect the v...

03 Oct
Flu Shot Even More Important During Pandemic: Expert

Flu Shot Even More Important During Pandemic: Expert

Although the focus is on the COVID-19 vaccine, don't forget to also get your flu shot -- it's important, an expert says.

"In the United States, it is recommended that everyone over the age of 6 months be vaccinated against the flu, and there are many vaccines available t...

30 Sep
SmartWatches Detect Viral Infection Before Symptoms Surface in Study

SmartWatches Detect Viral Infection Before Symptoms Surface in Study

Someday, your smartwatch might be able to tell you if you're coming down with a virus and how sick you'll be -- even before symptoms start.

In a small study, researchers showed that a wearable device, like a Fitbit or Apple Watch, could detect which patients had the H1N1...

17 Sep
Is Flu Ready for a Comeback? Get Your Shot

Is Flu Ready for a Comeback? Get Your Shot

Health officials are bracing for a viral double whammy this fall and winter.

"This year, we expect influenza and COVID-19 to circulate at the same time," said Dr. Jonathan Grein, director of hospital epidemiology at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles.

That's why Grein and...

15 Sep
Is a Combo COVID/Flu Shot on the Way?

Is a Combo COVID/Flu Shot on the Way?

During the next few weeks or months, you might find yourself dropping by the doctor's office or pharmacy to get your annual flu shot along with a dose of COVID vaccine.

Unfortunately, you'll have to get two individual jabs. Though at least two drug companies are working ...

07 Aug
Keeping Classrooms Safe for Kids With Asthma, Allergies

Keeping Classrooms Safe for Kids With Asthma, Allergies

Parents of kids with asthma and allergies should prepare a plan to keep them safe as schools reopen, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) says.

Along with guarding against COVID-19, it's important to protect against cold, flu and other viruses t...

12 Jul
Flu Shot Might Help Ward Off Severe COVID

Flu Shot Might Help Ward Off Severe COVID

A flu shot might offer some protection against severe effects of COVID-19, a new study suggests.

If you are infected with COVID-19, having had a flu shot makes it less likely you will suffer severe body-wide infection, blood clots, have a stroke or be treated in an inten...

09 Jul
Your Job Could Put You at Much Higher Risk for Flu

Your Job Could Put You at Much Higher Risk for Flu

Your job may significantly increase your risk of catching the flu, with potential implications for the spread of other infectious diseases including COVID-19, according to new research.

On average, working folks are 35% more likely to get the flu than those without jobs,...

25 Jun
As COVID Rules Ease, Common Colds Rebound Across America

As COVID Rules Ease, Common Colds Rebound Across America

Infectious disease expert Ravina Kullar's husband has a cold. So does her sister-in-law.

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Clinic's waiting rooms are becoming much more frequented by folks with coughs, sneezes and sniffles, said family medicine physician Dr. Neha Vyas.

Thes...

16 Jun
Pandemic Silver Lining: Fewer Dangerous Flare-Ups for COPD Patients

Pandemic Silver Lining: Fewer Dangerous Flare-Ups for COPD Patients

Public health precautions meant to reduce the spread of COVID-19 may have had an unintended but happy side effect.

They may also have benefited individuals who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a new study.

During the pandemic, admissi...

10 Jun
More Evidence Flu Shot Is Safe in Pregnancy

More Evidence Flu Shot Is Safe in Pregnancy

There's more proof that getting a flu shot during pregnancy doesn't pose a risk to children's health.

"This study adds to what we know from other recent studies showing no harmful effects of flu vaccination during pregnancy on the longer-term health of children," said st...

25 May
In 10 Years, COVID-19 Could Be 'Just the Sniffles'

In 10 Years, COVID-19 Could Be 'Just the Sniffles'

The virus fueling the COVID-19 pandemic could become just an ordinary sniffle-causing nuisance within the next 10 years, a new study suggests.

Researchers stressed that the projection is based on mathematical models, and not a crystal-ball prediction.

But, they say...

19 Mar
Another Study Finds COVID Patients Face Higher Risk for Stroke

Another Study Finds COVID Patients Face Higher Risk for Stroke

A new study adds to mounting evidence that COVID patients have an added risk of stroke.

Researchers analyzed data on more than 20,000 U.S. adults hospitalized with COVID-19 between January and November 2020. The analysis found that their risk of stroke was higher than fo...

18 Mar
Unhealthy in Your 20s? Your Mind May Pay the Price Decades Later

Unhealthy in Your 20s? Your Mind May Pay the Price Decades Later

If you're a 20-something who wants to stay sharp, listen up: A new study suggests poor health habits now may increase your risk of mental decline later in life.

Its authors say young adulthood may be the most critical time for adopting a healthy lifestyle in order to kee...

01 Mar
U.S. Flu Vaccinations Hit New Record High This Season

U.S. Flu Vaccinations Hit New Record High This Season

While many Americans await their turn for the COVID vaccine, a potentially record-setting number have already had their flu shot.

That's the key finding in a nationwide poll of more conducted in December by the University of Georgia, involving more than 1,000 adults . I...

15 Feb
Not the Flu: COVID Death Risk Is 3.5 Times That of Influenza

Not the Flu: COVID Death Risk Is 3.5 Times That of Influenza

The risk of death from COVID-19 is more than triple that from seasonal flu, researchers in Canada say.

Their findings are similar to recent studies from the United States and France. The study was published Feb. 10 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

08 Feb
Kids Who Got Flu Shot Had Milder COVID Symptoms: Study

Kids Who Got Flu Shot Had Milder COVID Symptoms: Study

Here's a new reason to make sure your kids get their seasonal flu shot.

A new study showed that it reduces kids' risk for symptoms and severe illness if they get COVID-19.

That conclusion is drawn from medical records of more than 900 children diagnosed with COVID-...

04 Feb
Vaccines Saved 37 Million Lives, Mostly Children, Over Past Two Decades

Vaccines Saved 37 Million Lives, Mostly Children, Over Past Two Decades

They're medical miracles: A new report finds that vaccines against 10 major diseases prevented 37 million deaths between 2000 and 2019 in low- and middle-income countries worldwide, with young children benefiting most.

Vaccinations are also projected to prevent a total o...

02 Feb
Like Flu, COVID-19 May Turn Out to Be Seasonal

Like Flu, COVID-19 May Turn Out to Be Seasonal

Like influenza, could COVID-19 evolve to wax and wane with the seasons? New research suggests it might.

Early in the pandemic, some experts suggested that SARS-CoV-2 -- the virus that causes COVID-19 -- may behave like many other coronaviruses that circulate more widely ...

26 Jan
What's Killing Detainees at U.S. ICE Facilities?

What's Killing Detainees at U.S. ICE Facilities?

Thirty-five detainees in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities have died since April 2018, often because of preventable causes, such as COVID-19, flu and suicide, according to a new study.

One of them was a Mexican citizen who had first entered the Un...

15 Jan
What Happened to the Flu This Year?

What Happened to the Flu This Year?

The United States has far fewer flu cases than normal, and experts say it's probably due to measures people are taking to protect themselves from COVID-19.

Flu season usually peaks between December and February. Influenza typically causes about 45 million illnesses, 810,...

18 Dec
COVID-19 Is Far More Lethal, Damaging Than Flu, Data Shows

COVID-19 Is Far More Lethal, Damaging Than Flu, Data Shows

COVID-19 is far more harmful and deadly than the seasonal flu, new studies confirm.

Researchers analyzed U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs data on more than 3,600 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 between Feb. 1 and June 17 of this year, and more than 12,600 hospital...

10 Dec
High-Dose Flu Shot No Better for Heart Patients

High-Dose Flu Shot No Better for Heart Patients

Getting a high-dose flu shot instead of a regular dose doesn't further reduce the risk of serious flu-complications, hospitalization or death in people with heart disease, new research shows.

The findings don't change established guidelines. Heart disease patients a...

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