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Worst Flu Season Ever?

We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but this is shaping up to be another crazy-bad flu season. Check out these tips to stay healthy.

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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.

Woman with the flu taking her temperature while blowing her nose.

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.

Man blowing his nose and looking uncomfortable from his illness.

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.

Doctor giving senior woman a vaccine.

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.

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.

Black legged tick on a leaf.

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.

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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.

Mother helping sick daughter blow her nose.

Is It a Cold or the Flu?

When you’re suffering from nasal congestion and fatigue, it can be tough to determine whether you have an ordinary cold or something more serious like the flu.

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The Best Way to Tackle a Tick

Which technique is best to remove a tick completely and reduce the risk of contracting a tick-transmitted illness like Lyme disease?