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H1N1 Flu Outbreak In Canada Kills Five People

By | Sat, 01/04/2014 - 17:07

Canadian health officials have announced that five people have already died from a H1N1 flu outbreak in Alberta, Canada.

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First Wave Of Flu Season Causes Widespread Infection Rates

By | Fri, 12/27/2013 - 17:03

The first wave of flu season leaves the pediatric death toll at four, as H1N1 remains a common strain in widespread infection in 10 states.

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Swine Flu Returns, Kills Houston Teen

By | Fri, 12/27/2013 - 12:42

Five people have died in Texas from swine flu this year, and health officials urge populations to get the flu vaccine.

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Laser Treatment Makes Flu Vaccine More Effective, Boosts Immune System

By | Fri, 12/13/2013 - 18:04

A team of researchers found that infrared laser treatment in collaboration with a flu shot can effectively strengthen the body’s defenses against influenza.

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New York City Board Of Health Unanimously Approves Mandatory Flu Shots For Children Under 5

By | Wed, 12/11/2013 - 19:19

The New York City Board of Health voted on Wednesday to approve a proposed requirement that all children under the age of 5 receive seasonal flu shots.


Chinese Bird Flu Mutates, Becomes Resistant To Drugs

By | Tue, 12/10/2013 - 18:28

In a recent study, researchers found that the A(H7N9) bird flu strain has a mutation that renders it immune to a top flu drug.


Hunting The Flu With Gold And Sugar

By | Sun, 12/08/2013 - 17:59

A new virus detection method can identify influenza and differentiate between individual strains.

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Utah Mom Claims Flu Shot Killed Her Healthy Teenage Son

By | Mon, 11/25/2013 - 16:43

Chandler Webb, 19, died about a month after receiving a standard flu shot, and his mother is certain the vaccination caused her son's death.

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Japanese Pickles Fight Flu Virus

By | Tue, 11/05/2013 - 19:00

A bacteria found in suguki, traditional Japanese pickles, may be able to boost immunity and prevent the flu virus.


How Does The Flu Virus Spread?

By | Mon, 10/21/2013 - 20:34

Scientists have discovered that the influenza virus kills the immune system's first line of defense, allowing it to spread before a second immune response can be produced.


Government Shutdown Makes Tracking Flu Hospitalizations Impossible

By | Fri, 10/11/2013 - 13:29

The government shutdown has now seeped into flu season, which means the CDC can't track hospitalizations or outbreaks of the disease.

Sequestration Forces U.S. Air Force To Cut Civilian Flu Shots

U.S. Air Force Cuts Civilian Flu Shots As Sequestration Squeezes Health Budget

By | Sat, 09/14/2013 - 17:53

The U.S. Air Force says it won't offer free flu vaccinations to its civilian workforce this year, as the service shifts budgetary priorities due to sequestration cuts.

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Flu Shot Is Effective, Despite Circulation Of Flu Strain And Related Skepticism

By | Wed, 06/26/2013 - 13:16

A review of over 40 years of data shows that even if the yearly flu shot is not well-matched to the circulating strain, it is still effective in prevention.

Single Dose of Tamiflu is Enough

No Need To Stock Up: Antiviral Medication Tamiflu Effective In Single And Double Doses

By | Thu, 05/30/2013 - 18:35

The Tamiflu dosage debate is over: a standard single dose is just as effective as double dose for treating severe influenza.


Mystery Illness Solved in Alabama: No Need To Panic, It Was Just The Cold And Flu

By | Fri, 05/24/2013 - 17:08

A mysterious illness that struck seven people in Alabama earlier this week has been determined to be a combination of cold and flu viruses.