It’s quicker to use hand sanitiser than soap and water, which means people might be more likely to use it.
Washing your hands helps protect against the flu. So it makes sense for governments to make hand sanitisers available in public places.
The impact of the flu on a population can be measured by looking at figures including cases, hospitalisations and deaths.
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.
Early indications are that the vaccine has been a reasonably good match in the 2019 season.
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.
You might feel terrible. But your runny nose, sore throat and aches are signs your body is fighting the flu virus. And that’s a good thing.
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 are more likely than adults to catch and spread influenza.
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.
They’re not perfect, but flu shots are still good to get.
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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.
There is no cure for polio, and the vaccine remains the most effective way to combat the disease.
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 flu comes on rapidly and symptoms get worse over the first few days.
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.
There are three types of flu vaccine available in Australia.
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The adjuvanted flu vaccine is free for over-65s and offers better protection than the standard vaccine. Here's what the research says.
What goes up must come down, and that includes the protection the flu vaccine offers against influenza.
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.
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Californians in June 2015 protest a bill that did away with personal belief exemptions for vaccinating children before they enter school.
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The flu virus changes over time – which is why you need a different flu shot each year.
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Both make you sneeze and give you a runny nose.
You can tell the difference by the colour of your snot.
A nurse in Atlanta reaches for a vial of vaccine to prepare for an injection.
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An Atlanta hospital set up a mobile ER to deal with the large number of flu cases.
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Part of the problem was a mismatch between the influenza strains circulating and the vaccine available. Here's how annual flu shots are formulated.
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