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.
Family physicians are on the frontline of health care, and their observations and support can help us get through the upcoming winter season.
In 2020, with adult ICUs at risk of being overwhelmed, we wore masks and accepted restrictions. Now pediatric intensive care is at risk. Will leaders follow the evidence and tell us to mask up?
People who had COVID were 55% more likely to develop epilepsy or seizures over the next six months than people who had influenza – but the overall risk is still small.
Respiratory viruses are hitting young children and infants particularly hard this fall and winter season, and experts don’t yet know exactly why.
Flu and COVID-19 are expected to make headway during the current respiratory virus season. The best way to stay healthy is vaccination in conjunction with personal protective measures.
Cases of seasonal diseases may be higher due to a lack of exposure during the pandemic. Here are four graphs which give us some clues as to how things might play out.
People are strongly urged to get a flu shot and a COVID booster shot ahead of the potential ‘twindemic’ expected this winter.
This wave is different from previous COVID waves, in that it’s not driven by a new variant.
So far in 2022, more than 12,000 Australians have died with COVID, six times the number of deaths in the previous two years.
Authorities have been warned about five virus families that could cause future pandemics. Here are snapshots of the diseases each can cause and why we should be worried.
Some viruses even tend to be more common in the summer than in the winter.
Coinfections with bacteria can make viral infections even deadlier. Researchers have identified a protein in immune cells that may play a role in fighting both types of pathogens.