Flu (Influenza)

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


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

Got the Flu? Here’s What to Do

Antiviral drugs can help with flu symptoms and shorten the amount of time you’re sick, especially if you’re in a high-risk group.

By HealthAfter50

What's New in Vitamin C Research? A HealthCentral Explainer

Vitamin C has been touted as an immune booster that can prevent illnesses, such as the common cold. However, research has had mixed results on the true preventive qualities of vitamin C. Here are some studies that shed some new light. Vitamin C and c...

By The HealthCentral Editorial Team

Do you Know These Cold and Flu Facts?

Do chicken soup and Vitamin C really work against colds? Can being cold cause you to catch a cold? Think you know the facts about cold and flu? Take this quiz and find out!

By Allison Tsai

Prep for Cold and Flu Season

Summer ends, the kids head back to school, and most of us settle down for what we think will be a crisp and delightful Autumn. Instead, what usually happens is that cold and flu season strikes well before winter comes calling. Get a leg up on the sea...

By The HealthCentral Editorial Team

Wipe Out the Germs in Your Home

As cold and flu viruses make their rounds, you may want to kick your germ-avoidance tactics into high gear, making sure that if one person in your house gets sick, the illness doesn’t spread, taking everyone-including you-out of commission. Here’s a ...

By Allison Janse

Out of Sick Days? Avoid the Office Cold Using These 5 Tactics

Hack, wheeze, sniffle, sneeze. What spreads faster than office gossip? The office cold. “Every day, you run a germ gauntlet getting to work and in your workplace,” explains Charles Gerba, Ph.D., microbiologist at the University of Arizona. “Basically...

By Allison Janse