Flu (Influenza)

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

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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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.

By Stephanie Stephens

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.

By Stephanie Stephens

Quiz: Do I Have a Cold? The Flu? Allergies? Bronchitis?

Not sure how you should treat your symptoms? Take our quiz to help deduce what’s going on inside your body.

By Stephanie Stephens

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About This Year's Flu?

Find out whether it’s too late to get your flu shot, what your symptoms mean, and how long you’ll be sick with flu.

By Stephanie Stephens

Should I Exercise When I'm Sick?

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

By Stephanie Stephens

Making the Most of Immunization When You are Immunosuppressed

The three vaccines you should be getting with RA, the vaccines to avoid, and how they affect your meds.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

4 Ways to Boost Your Immune System

With these simple strategies you can increase your chances of staying healthy during cold and flu season.

By Elizabeth Millard

How to Pick the Best Flu Shot for You

Getting an annual flu shot will cut your chances of coming down with the illness by about half. HealthCentral talked to a flu expert about this year’s vaccine.

By Sue Byrne

Is It Really a Cold? Or Something Nastier?

What masquerades as a cold may be something more serious. This mini-checkup is designed to help you distinguish between the real thing and clever dissemblers that, if they get out of hand, could actually land you in the hospital.

How Good Are Walk-in Health Clinics?

Many retail outlets, like chain pharmacies, now have walk-in health clinics to convince consumers that all of their needs can be handled at one location.

By Eli Hendel, M.D.

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