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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.

Woman with the flu on the couch at home.

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.

Doctor talking to young pregnant woman about flu risks.

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.

Feeling sick at gym.

Should I Exercise When I'm Sick?

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

Vaccinations

Vaccinating Safely With Rheumatoid Arthritis

If you have rheumatoid arthritis, these are the three vaccines you should get, and the ones you should avoid.

Woman gets a flu vaccine.

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.

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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.

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.

Why It's Not Too Late for a Flu Shot

Being over 50 increases your risk of flu-related complications. When it comes to getting vaccinated, it’s better late than never.

Why It's Smart to Get a Flu Shot if You Have Diabetes

People with type 2 diabetes who received a yearly influenza vaccination were less likely to have a heart attack, stroke, or heart failure than patients who didn’t get the shot.