The headlines paint a picture of a frightening flu season. While this season set in earlier than usual, it's not necessarily more severe than previous years.
Washing your hands helps protect against the flu. So it makes sense for governments to make hand sanitisers available in public places.
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.
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.
Research into our brain, gut and childhood memories tells us why we reach for macaroni cheese rather than salad in winter.
The flu vaccine takes about two weeks to start working and only protects against influenza, so you can still get sick from other viruses after your flu shot.
The adjuvanted flu vaccine is free for over-65s and offers better protection than the standard vaccine. Here's what the research says.
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.
Winter comes with colder temperatures. You and your body can work together to stay comfortable.
Illness often strikes when you’re stressed at work, not sleeping properly, or you’ve been out partying a little too much. Here's why.
From vitamin C to chicken soup, there are many supposed remedies for treating a cold. Here's what the evidence says.
Most adults get two to three colds per year, while the flu is less common but more severe. Here's how to stop spreading them to others.
It's the housing sector that could do most for winter health.
A better vaccine could have reduced the rates of flu, but not the high-dose Fluzone vaccine doctors were touting at the start of the week.
As we head towards flu season, many people are wondering if it's worth getting vaccinated against influenza and if so, when. Here's what you need to know.
The most contagious phase of a cold is early in the “runny nose” phase – not later when the secretions become coloured.
The “common cold” is common, most of us will have at least one or two per year. Despite this, there's a lack of good research looking into it, and ways to prevent and treat it.
Burns are one of the most common injuries, affecting as many as 200,000 Australians each year.
Could a psychological approach alleviate the misery of the cold, dark wet winter?
You wake up and feel under the weather. If you're vomiting or have a fever, the decision to stay at home is probably clear cut. But what if you generally feel unwell but are torn about missing work?