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Infectious Diseases

Flu (Influenza)

Find the latest stories, news, and expert advice about influenza, including medical research on symptoms, treatment, and prevention.

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Risk Factors

When Is It Too Early to Get a Flu Shot?

Getting vaccinated for the flu in late summer, particularly for older adults, may mean less protection from the virus as flu season ramps up in the winter.

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Prevention

This Flu Season is the Longest in 10 Years

We’re going on Week 22 of flu season, and no, it’s not necessarily too late to get your shot. Here’s what you should know.

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Risk Factors

Could You Catch the Flu From a Bat?

You’ve heard of bird (avian) flu and swine flu. New research published in Nature identified influenza viruses in South American bats that could pass to humans.

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Risk Factors

What's Lurking in Your Nose That Could Up Your Flu Risk?

Certain bacteria in the respiratory system — specifically in the nose and throat — could impact your susceptibility to the flu, according to a study.

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Risk Factors

Are You at Risk for Serious Flu Complications?

People at increased risk for flu complications should be tested and receive antiviral therapy as soon as possible if they experience flu-like symptoms.

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Vaccines

Flu Shots: Racial Disparities in Teens Who Get Them

African-American teens get flu vaccines at lower rates than white or Hispanic adolescents and teens have lower flu shot rates than other age groups overall.

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Prevention

Want to Live Longer With Heart Failure? Get That Flu Shot

New research shows that getting an annual flu shot reduces the risk of premature death from heart failure, particularly in patients 65 and older who already have compromised circulation and other health complications.

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Weight

Does Your Weight Affect Your Risk of Flu Complications?

People who are significantly underweight and those who are morbidly obese are at increased risk for serious complications and hospitalization from the flu.

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Medication

FDA Okays First New Drug to Fight the Flu in Nearly 20 Years

The FDA approved baloxavir marboxil (Xofluza) for acute influenza without complications in people over 12 who’ve had flu symptoms for no more than 48 hours.

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Prevention

Preparing for Flu Season: 2018-2019 Must-Know Info

Each flu season brings new strains of the virus that are unpredictable. Getting a flu shot is safe and it is the very best way to protect yourself and others.

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Winter

Your Flu Questions Answered

Can you get the flu after you’ve already had the flu? Is it too late to get your shot? We’ve tapped experts to answer these questions — and more.