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Is It A Cold, The Flu Or COVID-19?

Experts looked at how you can tell the difference between these three illnesses.

Getting A Flu Shot May Protect You Against Severe COVID-19

COVID-19 patients who skip the flu shot more than double their risk of being hospitalized, new study finds.

Flu Vaccine During Pregnancy Does Not Increase Risk Of Autism Spectrum Disorder In Children.

Researchers say they found no link even with 1st trimester vaccination.

Heart Failure and Heart Disease Are Common In Adults Hospitalized With Flu.

Researchers say annual flu vaccination is essential to stop infection and protect against heart events.

Two Common Vaccinations Appear To Lower The Risk Of Alzheimer's Disease

Both the flu and pneumonia vaccines may help protect against cognitive decline.

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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...

07 Dec
Are Scientists Close to a 'Universal' Flu Vaccine?

Are Scientists Close to a 'Universal' Flu Vaccine?

Scientists say they may be getting closer to creating a universal flu vaccine.

In an early-stage clinical trial with 65 volunteers in the United States, an experimental vaccine triggered strong immune responses to a wide range of flu virus strains and subtypes. The immun...

02 Dec
Should Cancer Survivors Be Prioritized for COVID Vaccine?

Should Cancer Survivors Be Prioritized for COVID Vaccine?

Cancer survivors have higher odds of dying from seasonal flu, suggesting they may also be at increased risk from COVID-19 and may need to be among the first in line for vaccination against both diseases.

Researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine...

10 Nov
Flu Vaccine Rates Low in Young Adults With Heart Disease

Flu Vaccine Rates Low in Young Adults With Heart Disease

Among young adults with heart disease, less than 25% get a flu shot, a new study finds.

"Individuals with cardiovascular disease are more likely to have flu than among those without any chronic health conditions," said researcher Dr. Tarang Parekh, a Ph.D. candidate and ...

03 Nov
Is It a Cold, the Flu or COVID-19?

Is It a Cold, the Flu or COVID-19?

Cold and flu season is here, so you need to know how to tell the difference between those illnesses and COVID-19, an expert says.

It's also especially important to get a flu shot this year, according to Dr. Sadiya Khan, assistant professor of medicine and epidemiology at...

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02 Nov
Get Your Flu Shot: It Might Shield You From Severe COVID

Get Your Flu Shot: It Might Shield You From Severe COVID

The coronavirus and the flu are two entirely different viruses. But a new study suggests those who get a flu vaccine face a considerably lower risk for being hospitalized if and when they get COVID-19.

And the flu vaccine also appears to significantly reduce a COVID...

28 Oct
Ample Vitamins May Shield You From Colds

Ample Vitamins May Shield You From Colds

People who get enough vitamin A, D and E may be less likely to complain of coughs and sore throat, though it's not clear the nutrients are the reason why, new research suggests.

The study, of over 6,100 U.K. adults, found that those who consumed more of the vitamins were...

14 Oct
AHA News: Flu and COVID-19 Are Bad Enough, But They Also Can Raise Stroke Risk

AHA News: Flu and COVID-19 Are Bad Enough, But They Also Can Raise Stroke Risk

It's flu season. In the middle of a coronavirus pandemic. Is this any time to be thinking about your risk of stroke?

Yes, researchers say. Having either influenza or the coronavirus seems to increase the odds of having an ischemic stroke – the type where blood fl...

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02 Oct
Why Getting a Flu Shot is More Important Than Ever This Fall

Why Getting a Flu Shot is More Important Than Ever This Fall

Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu shot this season, the American Medical Association (AMA) says.

With the coronavirus pandemic raging, a flu shot is more important than ever to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community from the flu.

...

01 Oct
With 'Twindemic' Looming,  2 out of 5 Americans Plan to Skip Flu Shot

With 'Twindemic' Looming, 2 out of 5 Americans Plan to Skip Flu Shot

Despite a potential looming "twindemic" of influenza and COVID-19, about 2 in 5 U.S. adults do not plan to get a flu shot, a new survey shows.

Only 59% of adults surveyed said they will get the influenza vaccine during the 2020-2021 flu season, according to resul...

28 Sep
1 in 3 U.S. Parents Won't Get Flu Shots for Their Kids: Survey

1 in 3 U.S. Parents Won't Get Flu Shots for Their Kids: Survey

The coronavirus pandemic and the upcoming flu season could pose a double threat, but many U.S. parents plan to skip flu shots for their kids, a new survey finds.

Though public health experts stress the need for people of all ages to get the seasonal flu vaccine durin...

22 Sep
Avoid the 'Twindemic:' Get Your Flu Shot Now

Avoid the 'Twindemic:' Get Your Flu Shot Now

The best time to get your flu shot is now if you want to protect yourself against a potential "twindemic" infection of influenza and COVID-19, experts say.

"Early September, at the very least early October, is the best time to get your flu shot. That really allows yo...

21 Sep
COVID Survivor Rita Wilson Wants You to Get Your Flu Shot

COVID Survivor Rita Wilson Wants You to Get Your Flu Shot

Aches and fatigue quickly progressed to fever with severe chills, but the terrible and unrelenting headache was the real signal that actress Rita Wilson was in for a rough ride following her infection with COVID-19.

"It was a massive headache that really lasted for a...

17 Sep
COVID-19 Prevention Might Translate Into Record Low Flu Rates: CDC

COVID-19 Prevention Might Translate Into Record Low Flu Rates: CDC

The final statistics are in for America's last flu season, and the news is good: Record low rates of influenza were reported as cases plummeted during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic.

Why? Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevent...

15 Sep
Could COVID-19 Someday Become Seasonal, Like Flu?

Could COVID-19 Someday Become Seasonal, Like Flu?

COVID-19 is unlike other respiratory viruses known to humans, but in time it could evolve into a seasonal scourge like the flu.

That's according to a new report in which researchers lay out the case for a possible seasonal COVID.

The scenario depends on man...

08 Sep
Rates of Child Hospitalization Similar Between COVID-19, Flu: Study

Rates of Child Hospitalization Similar Between COVID-19, Flu: Study

While adults face raised odds for hospitalization with COVID-19, a new study shows that the risk for kids infected with SARS-CoV-2 is about equal to that seen with influenza.

The researchers found that kids with COVID-19 or the seasonal flu have similar rates of hosp...

01 Sep
Mom-to-Be's Flu Shot Doesn't Raise Autism Risk

Mom-to-Be's Flu Shot Doesn't Raise Autism Risk

Pregnant women are understandably worried about everything that goes into their bodies. But here's one worry they can cross off that list: flu shots.

A large, new study has confirmed that an expectant woman's flu shot doesn't increase the risk of autism in her child...

28 Aug
Flu, Pneumonia Vaccines Save Lives of Heart Failure Patients: Study

Flu, Pneumonia Vaccines Save Lives of Heart Failure Patients: Study

Flu and pneumonia vaccines lead to fewer hospital deaths among heart failure patients, a new study finds.

"Our study provides further impetus for annual immunizations in patients with heart failure. Despite advice to do so, uptake remains low," said study author Dr. ...

26 Aug
Flu Virus Can Travel on Dust Particles. Does the Same Hold True for Coronavirus?

Flu Virus Can Travel on Dust Particles. Does the Same Hold True for Coronavirus?

New research that shows flu viruses can spread through the air on dust, fibers and other microscopic particles has implications for the spread of the new coronavirus, scientists say.

"It's really shocking to most virologists and epidemiologists that airborne dust, ra...

25 Aug
Just Like COVID, Severe Flu Can Trigger Heart Crises

Just Like COVID, Severe Flu Can Trigger Heart Crises

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a new U.S. study serves as a reminder of how severe the seasonal flu can be.

Researchers found that among 90,000 Americans hospitalized with the flu, 12% had a serious heart complication, including heart attack and sudden heart failure...

21 Aug
Flu Shots for Kids Protect Everybody, Study Shows

Flu Shots for Kids Protect Everybody, Study Shows

When elementary school students get their annual flu shot, everyone benefits, a new study shows.

An increased vaccination rate among grade schoolers in California was associated with a decrease in flu hospitalizations for folks in every other age bracket, researchers...

21 Aug
Is a 'Twindemic' of COVID-19 and Flu Coming This Fall?

Is a 'Twindemic' of COVID-19 and Flu Coming This Fall?

Fall is approaching, and so is the possibility of what public health officials are calling a "twindemic" -- overlapping epidemics of both COVID-19 and influenza.

A bad flu season coupled with continued COVID-19 outbreaks could increase people's risk of fatal illness ...

02 Jul
Stroke Appears 8 Times More Likely With COVID Than With Flu

Stroke Appears 8 Times More Likely With COVID Than With Flu

Both flu and COVID-19 can raise your risk for a stroke, but the odds appear to be eight times higher with the coronavirus, a new study finds.

Among more than 1,900 patients with COVID-19, 1.6% suffered a stroke, versus 0.2% of nearly 1,500 patients seriously ...

22 May
COVID-19 Damages Lungs Differently From the Flu: Study

COVID-19 Damages Lungs Differently From the Flu: Study

New research reveals that COVID-19 attacks the lungs in a far different manner from the flu.

Unlike most respiratory diseases, significant impacts on blood vessels were seen in the lungs of seven COVID-19 patients. The lung tissue of those patients was compared to lu...

14 May
By the Numbers, COVID-19 Was Never 'Like the Flu'

By the Numbers, COVID-19 Was Never 'Like the Flu'

THURSDAY, May 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump announced that Americans need not worry because the new coronavirus was "like a flu."

Now, 1.4 million cases and more than 84,000 COVID-19 deaths later, ...

13 May
Most Workers Report for Duty With Flu-Like Symptoms, Global Survey Shows

Most Workers Report for Duty With Flu-Like Symptoms, Global Survey Shows

Most people around the world say they would continue to work if they had flu-like symptoms, an online survey finds.

In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, researchers called the findings disturbing.

The survey -- conducted online between October 2018 and ...

20 Apr
We've Been Here Before: Lessons From the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic

We've Been Here Before: Lessons From the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic

The virus struck swiftly, stoking panic, fear and mistrust as it sickened millions and killed thousands -- and now, more than a century later, the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic offers lasting lessons for a world in the grip of COVID-19.

"The questions they asked then ar...

13 Mar
Trying the Keto Diet? Watch Out for the 'Keto Flu'

Trying the Keto Diet? Watch Out for the 'Keto Flu'

If you are feeling the aches and pains of what you think is the flu, a trendy diet may be the culprit instead, a new study confirms.

Researchers took a dive into what's become known as "keto flu" -- the fatigue, headache, nausea and mental fog that some people devel...

09 Mar
Is a 'Universal' Flu Vaccine on the Horizon?

Is a 'Universal' Flu Vaccine on the Horizon?

Work is proceeding apace on a "universal" flu vaccine capable of protecting humans from all forms of influenza, researchers report.

A single dose of a synthetic universal flu vaccine called FLU-v appears capable of providing safe long-term protection across a broad ...

03 Mar
Is Coronavirus Really Like the Flu? Here's a Comparison

Is Coronavirus Really Like the Flu? Here's a Comparison

President Donald Trump drew a direct comparison between the seasonal flu and the new coronavirus in his first press conference on COVID-19 last week, saying that Americans might have more to fear from flu than the headline-making virus.

But a closer comparison of the...

21 Feb
Flu Season That's Sickened 26 Million May Be at Its Peak

Flu Season That's Sickened 26 Million May Be at Its Peak

It's been overshadowed by the new coronavirus outbreak in China, but this year's flu season could be near its peak after surging throughout the United States for months.

At least 14,000 people have died and 250,000 have already been hospitalized during the 2019-2020 ...

20 Feb
Could the Weather Swings of Climate Change Make Flu Seasons Worse?

Could the Weather Swings of Climate Change Make Flu Seasons Worse?

Climate change, and the sudden weather changes it brings, could fuel future flu epidemics, researchers warn in a new report.

They used historical data to assess how major weather swings in the fall months could affect flu season in highly populated areas of the Unite...

20 Feb
Flu Vaccine Making a Strong Showing This Season

Flu Vaccine Making a Strong Showing This Season

Though a severe flu season is now in full swing in the United States, a new government report delivers a bit of good news: This year's vaccine is working well against the viruses that are circulating.

"Preliminary vaccine effectiveness estimates indicate that the 201...

11 Feb
Were You Born in an H1N1 Flu Year or an H3N2? It Matters

Were You Born in an H1N1 Flu Year or an H3N2? It Matters

The first type of influenza virus you're exposed to may set your lifetime ability to fight the flu.

Researchers with McMaster University and University of Montreal found that being born in an H1N1 year or an H3N2 year matters. Following a phenomenon known as antigeni...

07 Feb
There's a Virus Spreading in U.S. That's Killed 10,000: The Flu

There's a Virus Spreading in U.S. That's Killed 10,000: The Flu

Folks fretting about the coronavirus are forgetting there's another virus already running rampant in the United States, one that's killed nearly 20 times as many people in this country alone.

Influenza has already taken the lives of 10,000 Americans this season, acco...

02 Feb
Got Flu? Deal Quickly With Complications

Got Flu? Deal Quickly With Complications

Fighting the flu can be an unpleasant experience -- but the misery may not stop there.

When you have the flu, your immune system is under attack, making complications common. Other infections can weasel their way into your body, according to Libby Richards, an assoc...

29 Jan
Family's Experience in Vietnam Shows Coronavirus Spreading Outside China

Family's Experience in Vietnam Shows Coronavirus Spreading Outside China

A man from Wuhan, the Chinese city that's the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, apparently transmitted the infection to his son living in Vietnam, a new case report shows.

The report, published Jan. 28 in the New England Journal of Medicine, highlights ho...

24 Jan
Healthy Living Helps Keep the Flu at Bay

Healthy Living Helps Keep the Flu at Bay

This flu season arrived early and hit children hard, but experts say you can dodge the flu by boosting your immune system.

How? By living a healthy lifestyle and getting sufficient sleep, according to experts from Purdue University's School of Nursing, in West Lafaye...

24 Jan
A Flu Shot May Spare Your Young Child a Hospital Visit

A Flu Shot May Spare Your Young Child a Hospital Visit

This flu season is hitting children particularly hard, but new research shows that a flu shot is still well worth it for these youngest patients.

Getting vaccinated halved the risk of hospitalization for flu-related complications among young kids, scientists found.

22 Jan
This Year's Flu Season Taking Deadly Aim at Kids

This Year's Flu Season Taking Deadly Aim at Kids

How bad or how long this year's flu season will be remains to be seen. But one thing is already clear: It's proving to be an especially lethal season for infected children.

Fueled by a strain of influenza that children may be especially vulnerable to, less than two m...

16 Jan
Millennials Most Likely to Skip Flu Shot, Believe 'Anti-Vaxxer' Claims: Poll

Millennials Most Likely to Skip Flu Shot, Believe 'Anti-Vaxxer' Claims: Poll

Millennials are less likely to have had a flu shot this season and are more likely than other American adults to agree with some false anti-vaccination information, according to a new nationwide survey.

The results also showed that nearly one-third of adults polled d...

15 Jan
Universal Flu Vaccine Works in Mice

Universal Flu Vaccine Works in Mice

An experimental flu vaccine gave mice long-lasting protection against six different flu virus strains, researchers report.

The nanoparticle vaccine contains two major influenza proteins -- matrix protein 2 ectodomain (M2e), and neuraminidase (NA) -- and protected the...

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