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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.

By Sue Byrne

The Latest

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Your Top Flu Questions, Answered by Doctors

This flu season looks different than last year (with COVID-19 tagging along). Here’s how to prepare.

By Sarah Ellis
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Prevention

Worst Flu Season Ever?

We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but this is shaping up to be another crazy-bad flu season. Check out these tips to stay healthy.

By Lara DeSanto
Young woman being screened for Coronavirus.
Preventive Care

5 Things People With Chronic Illness Need to Know About the New Coronavirus

Sure, the headlines might be freaking you out. But, thankfully, the risk of exposure to this new virus is still super low.

By Lara DeSanto
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Coronavirus vs. Other Pandemics: What’s the Difference?

Here’s how COVID-19 compares to other global outbreaks (and why it may be okay to worry a little less).

By Michelle Konstantinovsky
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How to Tell the Difference Between the Flu and the Coronavirus

With COVID-19 hitting the U.S. at peak flu season, it’s no wonder some confusion has ensued.

By Ayren Jackson-Cannady
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Complications

Should I Exercise When I'm Sick?

Some people believe in sweating out the sickness — but is it safe?

By Stephanie Stephens
Woman with the flu drinking tea.
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.

By Lara DeSanto
Woman with the flu drinking tea and covered with a blanket.
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.

By Diane Domina
Woman with the flu on the couch at home.
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.

By Diane Domina
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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.

By Diane Domina