Universal flu vaccines have reached the stage where they are no longer just a 'hopeful hypothesis'.
Getting a flu shot reduces your risk of getting the flu, and it also helps the community. Here's why.
But what are the risks?
It took a computer to discover the potential threat of a drug-resistant strain of swine flu that was about to spread from New South Wales. So how close did we come to a global pandemic?
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.
Understanding how the flu virus copies itself could open a way to killing it.
Some advertising content bypasses regulations to promote unrealistic beliefs about drugs.
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.
Cold and flu season is here, but getting worried about it might only hurt your chances of staying healthy.
What flu season has in store: mostly H1N1 in the north and a three-way split between H1N1, H3N2 and influenza B in the south.
If people are avoiding the flu jab because last year's protection wasn't great, that would be a mistake.
Emerging science could help us gain a better understanding of the annual phenomenon of students falling ill when they head back to uni.
Missing links make a good story, but not good science. Outdated metaphors don't help us understand the rapid evolution of infectious diseases such as flu and malaria.
Predicting infectious disease outbreaks is a tricky task to begin with. And it's made harder still by the fact that any individual outcome is subject to unpredictable – or stochastic – effects.
The immune system protects us from the constant onslaught of viruses, bacteria and other types of pathogens we encounter throughout life. But it can sometimes misbehave.
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.
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?
Tucked away in the budget papers is an intitiative worthy of applause – the establishment of an adult immunisation register and the expansion of the childhood register to include adolescents.
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?
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.