While the flu vaccine cuts your chance of coming down with influenza, that’s not the whole story.
As we head towards flu season, many people are wondering if it's worth getting vaccinated against influenza and if so, when. Here's what you need to know.
After the Spanish flu we didn’t see any new flu strains for forty years. Now novel strains are increasingly popping up.
How is it the flu has managed to stay around for so long, and why haven't we beaten it yet?
Flu vaccination uptake rates are low in adults, including among those who work in health, aged care and childcare.
Most immunisation campaigns continue to primarily focus on infants and children, but almost 4 million Australian adults are not vaccinated against preventable diseases.
Antibiotics are wrongly being prescribed for infections where they won't work and cutting this down could help combat resistance. But change isn't as easy as just providing the means.
Next time just work with your body clock.
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Stay away from viruses in the early morning – and in winter.
More people end up in hospital from cold than flu.
The “common cold” is common, most of us will have at least one or two per year. Despite this, there's a lack of good research looking into it, and ways to prevent and treat it.
The flu vaccine – which prevents one from getting influenza – changes every year, because it is based on the strains of the virus that presented in the previous year.
Get the shot.
While studies suggests that cholesterol-lowering statins can make the flu shot less effective, the vaccine remains the best available tool for reducing flu-related complications and death.
Avoiding stress could help stave off the flu.
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Cold and flu season is here, but getting worried about it might only hurt your chances of staying healthy.
Emerging science could help us gain a better understanding of the annual phenomenon of students falling ill when they head back to uni.
People aren’t productive at work when they’re ill and they risk infecting others.
You wake up and feel under the weather. If you're vomiting or have a fever, the decision to stay at home is probably clear cut. But what if you generally feel unwell but are torn about missing work?
Children in particular experience a multitude of viral illnesses during their early years.
Viruses cause all kinds of infections from relatively mild cases of the flu to deadly outbreaks of Ebola. Clearly, not all viruses are equal and one of these differences is when you can infect others.
Predicting the severity of the flu season based on one data set paints an unnecessarily scary picture.
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Australia's in the middle of the annual flu season and once again, it's claimed to the worst on record. But why is it that every season seems to outdo previous ones and how bad is this year, really?
If your symptoms are above the neck, you’ll still be able to manage a lighter-than-normal workout.
As we move into winter, the cold mornings, dark evenings and rain tend to bring out the best excuses to miss a session at the gym or run around the park.
Cold and flu tablets won’t cure a cold.
Pharmacies have aisles full of cold and flu tablets. But which product is the best one for you? And will it really help you feel better?
For certain members of the community, catching flu can lead to severe illness or death.
It’s that time of year again when scientists and doctors make predictions about the impending flu season and we must decide whether to go out and get the flu vaccine.
There is no such thing as an ideal flu shot. But that doesn’t mean you should skip it.
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