Antibiotics do not shorten or reduce the severity of colds or flu, but they could produce adverse effects that make you feel even worse.
Resistant bacteria aren't the only risk posed by overprescribing antibiotics. A more immediate risk is side-effects and reactions, which a new review shows are surprisingly frequent and often severe.
A man in San Pablo, California, gets a flu shot at a drive-through flu shot clinic Nov. 6, 2014.
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Many people object to the added ingredients in vaccines. But pharmacists explain why those fears are unwarranted.
Digital participatory surveillance allows the community to share in the responsibility of disease surveillance and contribute to the control and prevention of respiratory disease outbreaks.
There have been many reports of co-infection with influenza and COVID-19, but we still don't have the full picture.
Vaccination rates may be tied to rates of COVID-19.
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A COVID-19 vaccine isn't the only tool for fighting this pandemic. An immunologist argues that safe pneumonia vaccines would reduce the severity of COVID-19, save lives and prevent the worst cases.
The COVID-19 new normal might be here for quite some time.
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As ready as you are to be done with COVID-19, it's not going anywhere soon. A historian of disease describes how once a pathogen emerges, it's usually here to stay.
Our immune cells become less able to fight off infections as we get older.
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These drugs may help slow or reverse immune system decline.
Victoria currently has three avian influenza outbreaks across six farms. They are being treated as an emergency. Here's how authorities are responding.
The pandemic has exposed many of us to new statistical concepts, on the news, in everyday conversations and on social media. But how many are you getting wrong?
How should COVID-19 vaccine be prioritized?
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A team of experts argues that after taking care of essential workers, COVID-19 vaccinations should be given to the greatest transmitters of the virus, who are mostly the young.
The arrival of flu season will put more pressure on hospitals already facing the coronavirus pandemic.
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Pandemic policy experts offer 10 recommendations that could reduce the risk that a bad flu season on top of the COVID-19 pandemic will overwhelm hospitals.
Hospital workers tend to a COVID-19 patient April 7, 2020 in New York City, where hospitals were so crowded they had to transfer patients to different facilities.
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The flu vaccine is now available in most places. A public health nurse explains why it's especially important to get vaccinated for it this year.
A two-dose coronavirus vaccine would mean we need to produce 12-15 billion doses. This is roughly twice the world's current total vaccine manufacturing capacity.
Although it can sometimes be challenging, there are ways to distinguish respiratory symptoms caused by a virus and those caused by an allergy.
Daily deaths from COVID-19 have rarely been below 600 in the U.S. since March.
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There's no scientific definition for a wave of disease – and no evidence that the original onslaught of coronavirus in the US has receded much at all.
A list of rules from the U.S. Public Health Service in 1918 to reduce the chances of contracting or spreading the devastating flu pandemic.
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How politicians and the public in Denver, Colorado handled the 1918 flu epidemic is relevant to today.
A new set of swine flu viruses have been discovered that are highly adapted to infecting humans – and they’re already spreading among farm workers in China.
It's much more likely your child's symptoms are caused by a common respiratory virus than COVID-19. But it's important to follow testing guidelines and keep them home if they're unwell.
Emergency hospital during influenza epidemic at Camp Funston in Kansas around 1918.
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A century ago, the influenza pandemic killed about 50 million people. Today we are battling the coronavirus pandemic. Are we any better off? Two social scientists share five reasons we have to be optimistic.
There is no evidence that COVID-19 will occur in waves.