Approximately 80 percent of all pharmaceuticals used by Americans are produced overseas.
Thanks to Hurricane Maria, some US hospitals are experiencing a saline shortage. In times of emergency, medical supply chains break down too easily.
The flu vaccine doesn’t cover all strains of the flu that exist.
There are many flu strains, and those strains can also change and mutate.
Influenza victims crowd into an emergency hospital near Fort Riley, Kansas in 1918.
AP Photo/National Museum of Health
Don't believe these 10 common myths about the 1918 Spanish flu.
People who are chronically stressed are more than twice as likely to have a heart attack than those who aren’t.
Stress has subtle, underlying effects on almost every part of the body, including the heart, gut and immune system.
An annual vaccine is your best protection against the flu.
After Australia's tough flu season, some experts predict that the U.S. is in for a few difficult months. What does that mean for you?
Vaccines for the flu offer mediocre coverage compared with those for other diseases.
A better vaccine could have reduced the rates of flu, but not the high-dose Fluzone vaccine doctors were touting at the start of the week.
Most people don’t take flu seriously enough.
A vaccine recommendation from a health professional and convenient access will make the biggest difference to uptake.
Flu seems to be more deadly than colds, here’s why.
Why is it the flu virus is so deadly compared to the common cold virus?
When the H3N2 strain dominates, we see bigger flu seasons and cases affecting the elderly more than the young.
By mid-August, the 2017 year had recorded more flu notifications across Australia than the previous five years. So why is the flu season so bad this time around?
What can a single person’s flu infection tell you about how the virus changes around the world?
Xue and Bloom
New genetic technologies are letting us look at flu evolution right where it starts: within individual people, while they're sick.
Computers may play an important role in preparing us for the next viral outbreak – whether flu or Ebola.
UW Institute for Protein Design
This antivirus software protects health, not computers. Researchers are beginning to combat deadly infections using computer-generated antiviral proteins – a valuable tool to fight a future pandemic.
When resources are scarce, deciding who should be front of the queue for the flu vaccine is an ethical minefield.
Australia needs to think about who gets the flu vaccine first before the next pandemic strikes and supplies run low.
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Yelp and Twitter can help us spot food poisoning outbreaks quickly. But a new study shows the data favor some communities over others.
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.
Marcos Mesa Sam Wordley
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.