Flu (Influenza)

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

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Should I Exercise When I'm Sick?

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

By Stephanie Stephens

Vaccinating Safely With Rheumatoid Arthritis

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

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.

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.

By Pete Kelly

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.

By HealthAfter50

When to Skip an Antibiotic

When you’re ill, it’s understandable to want to shorten your misery by taking an antibiotic. Here’s why that’s not always such a good idea.

By HealthAfter50

Best Flu Shot for Folks 50 and Up

The flu can make you really sick very quickly. But getting an annual flu shot will cut your chances of coming down with the illness by at least half.

By HealthAfter50