This is expected to be the smallest Omicron wave so far. But eligible older and vulnerable people are still recommended to have a booster.
New and innovative thinking is needed to deal with the reality on the ground in South Africa.
The COVID pandemic made flu less severe. But now flu is back with a vengeance and all eyes are on Australia.
It can be difficult to an appointment to see your GP. So when should you make the effort to see a GP for a prescription for influenza antivirals? And how effective are they?
COVID, the flu and RSV spread from person to person through respiratory droplets when someone coughs, sneezes or talks. Here’s how our body fights them off.
Despite an abundance of research on strep, there is still a great deal of debate in the scientific community over whether and when people should get tested and treated for it.
Rates of flu vaccination are down for children. That leaves them and us vulnerable to the flu and its complications.
Firstly, there is no such thing as ‘too much’ immunity. Beyond the regular side-effects of a vaccine, there are no known additional risks to being re-vaccinated soon after an infection.
Our immune system fights infection and has a nifty way to letting our brain know we are sick and should take it easy – but that can also be a pain.
Flu vaccines remain the most effective method available to prevent flu illness, especially severe illness.
Cases of the flu and COVID are set to rise over winter, with many people looking to get vaccinated against both viruses.
To combat the decline in immunity as we age, specific boosters are available for people aged over 65. Here’s how they work, and why they are needed.
As people flock back to offices and pack public transport, we’re seeing more cases of the flu than in recent years. The flu shot isn’t perfect but it cuts your chance of being hospitalised.
Knowing if you have COVID or the flu can affect when you get vaccinated, need a particular antiviral, or if you need to work from home. But these combination tests can be expensive.
Similar to the patterns seen with COVID-19, flu and RSV, HMPV is making a comeback after years of being repressed by people wearing masks and social distancing.
We may have an autumn surge in flu cases. So best start planning for your flu shot soon.
Bird flu has been confirmed in four dead seals in Scotland.
Annual flu vaccines are in a constant race against a rapidly mutating virus that may one day cause the next pandemic. A one-time vaccine protecting against all variants could give humanity a leg up.
During the 1918 flu pandemic, white people died at similar rates to Black Americans, according to a new study – a very different pattern than what occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nobody wants a case of COVID or flu as a take-home gift from their office Christmas party.