A common myth cited as a reason for not getting the flu shot is that the shot will give you the flu. That is scientifically impossible. Here's why.
When it comes to flu, information can range from confusion about what it actually is, to speculation about how it's transmitted.
Washing your hands helps protect against the flu. So it makes sense for governments to make hand sanitisers available in public places.
Headlines about this year's flu season have been alarming. It's true, we are having a serious season – but the data doesn't indicate it's the worst one we've ever had.
The flu vaccine is built on the strains expected to circulate in a given year. While the majority of strains circulating this year are matched in the vaccine, there's one strain we didn't predict.
How can a tiny flu virus make you feel so bad, all over? Here's what's behind your high temperature, muscle aches and other flu symptoms.
Children's immune systems are more vulnerable to the flu; even kids who are otherwise healthy can develop complications. The best way to protect children is by having them vaccinated.
The 2018-2019 flu season was less deadly than the last. But the pattern of infection was unusual, thanks to the various strains circulating and the way flu shots work over time.
The polio vaccination successfully eradicated the disease in Canada. Can the same happen with other diseases?
A new reactor may soon be able to safely disinfect the air in crowded spaces.
The 2018 flu season was mild, while 2017 was a particularly bad year. It's impossible to predict what the 2019 flu season has in store, but we've seen more cases so far this year than usual.
The adjuvanted flu vaccine is free for over-65s and offers better protection than the standard vaccine. Here's what the research says.
Protection wanes after four or five months, so for most people, it makes sense to get a flu shot in mid to late May or early June so you're protected when the flu season peaks in August or September.
Snot very good to be ill. But here's how your body mounts its defence against the dreaded lurgi.
We commemorate the centenary of the end of WW1, but victims of a more deadly threat are rarely remembered. Let's change that.
Vaccination rates for children in some parts of California are down, despite a law that narrowed exemptions. Here's a look at why people refuse to listen to evidence when it comes to the flu vaccine.
Important research questions can almost always be answered better with a combination of methods – where both quantitive and qualitative data play a role.
You can tell the difference by the colour of your snot.
The flu shot is most effective if you receive it by the end of October. With 80,000 deaths from flu during last year's flu season, a doctor explains why you should act now.
Part of the problem was a mismatch between the influenza strains circulating and the vaccine available. Here's how annual flu shots are formulated.