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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

Bad News: Your Docs May Not Be Washing Their Hands Correctly

Hand hygiene is key, especially in hospitals where health care-related infections can be fatal. Yet new research finds that health care workers may not be doing everything they can to protect us.

By Lara DeSanto

CDC: Rare, Polio-like Virus Now in 22 States

The CDC is investigating the cause of a virus that results in weakness in the arms or legs, seems to overwhelmingly afflict children, and has infected 62 people across the country so far this year.

By Karen Gaudette Brewer

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

6 Things to Know About Zika Virus During Pregnancy

Are you currently pregnant or planning to conceive? Take these precautions to help prevent getting Zika.

By Eileen Bailey

Which Shots Do You Need When You’re Pregnant?

Certain vaccines will protect you and your baby during your pregnancy and afterward. Learn which ones to get and when.

By Sophie Ramsey

Medical Care on a Cruise: What to Know

A former cruise ship doctor explains what you can expect if you need medical care on the ocean.

By Elizabeth Millard

Adults Need Vaccines Too

When you think of vaccines, you probably immediately think about the series of shots given to young children with boosters throughout childhood.

By Eileen Bailey