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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

Can the Flu Trigger Diabetes in Children?

Flu season may come and go for some, but it can be life-changing if it triggers type 1 diabetes. Here’s how to protect your child.

By Ginger Vieira

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

Do You Need the Shingles Vaccine?

At least 1 million people in the United States get shingles every year, a painful and often debilitating skin rash that can take weeks to resolve.

By Cindy Uken

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 That Safe to Eat?

It’s not just what you eat that can pose a health danger, but also how it’s prepared. Take this quiz to test your food safety smarts.

By Nancy Monson

What a Tick Expert Wants You to Know

We spoke with an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about Lyme disease, other tickborne illnesses, and tick bites. Here’s how to stay safe.

By Lauren Arcuri

How to Help Your Doctor Help You

If you have vague symptoms that don’t seem to point to anything in particular, how can you get around to feeling better? Here’s what worked for me.

By Lauren Arcuri

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.