Playing Kids' Odds with the Flu
Even though the flu is a common illness each winter, that doesn't mean it's not a dangerous one. Children with certain chronic conditions are especially prone to complications from influenza.
Are You Ready for Flu Season?
With autumn right around the corner, flu season is lurking around the bend. Now is a good time to make plans to protect your family from the flu.
Weighing the Flu Shot Risks
All types of preventive medicine offer benefits and risks, and vaccines are no exception. But often, the risks related to getting a disease may be greater than the risks of the vaccine.
A Jab in the Arm for Heart Health
Most people get the flu vaccine for the obvious reason: to protect them from the flu. But there may be other benefits to the shot as well.
Can Bird Flu Spread Between People?
When H7N9, a strain of bird flu, began infecting people in China last spring, officials and scientists worldwide tried to quickly learn more about this new virus.
When Moms Can Give Babies a Shot
Vaccines protect people from diseases. Pregnant women who get vaccinated can pass on that protection to their developing babies. And it seems some of that protection may last even after birth.
Mismatched Flu Strains? No Problem
Each year a new flu vaccine is created to try to match up with the strains of flu that are going around. What happens if the flu vaccine isn't a perfect match for the strain of virus it's fighting?
Achoo! It’s Not Just the Flu
Many of us have had the flu before and recovered completely. But some people can get very sick due to complications.
Can't Have an Omelette, but can Still Get the Flu Shot
The flu vaccine is one vital part of reducing your risk of flu. But what if you're allergic to eggs, which are used to make flu vaccines? There's a new option for you.
Flu Vaccine Excels at Preventing Illness
When flu season is around the corner, you're likely to see lots of reminders to get the flu vaccine. Is the flu vaccine likely to make much of a difference?