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  1. Antibiotic Resistance: Expert Q&A With the CDC

    Antibiotics are the first and most potent line of defense against bacterial diseases. But their overuse and abuse in the few decades, especially to treat viruses that don't respond to antibiotics, have led to a dangerous resistance to even common infections. The CDC has made the appropriate use of a

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  2. Test Your Cough IQ

    Do you hear that coughing sound?  It's cold and flu season, and people all around you are coughing. Why? "Coughing is a normal, protective reflex," says Neil Schachter, MD, author of The Good Doctor's Guide to Colds and Flu. "We cough to clear our airways," he explains.  Think of coughing as a defen

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  3. Flu Shots: It's Not Too Late

    It's December and everywhere you look friends and family are down with flu symptoms: fevers, body aches, and fatigue. If you're still feeling pretty chipper yourself, great! But if you want to hedge your bets, it's good to know that even though flu season is in full swing, it's not too late for the

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  4. Prevent Flu: Steer Clear of Sick People

    You've heard them -- flu-sick sneezers and coughers at the office, day care, shopping mall, or grocery store. Avoiding the flu is no small matter. So what can you do? One sure flu prevention tip is to avoid close contact with people who are sick. Anyone who is at high risk from the seasonal flu -- l

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  5. Prevent Flu: Healthy Habits Beat the Virus

    To prevent flu -- or any illness -- you've got to stick with a healthy lifestyle. "I really believe your immune system takes care of a lot of things," says Erica Brownfield, MD, a professor of internal medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. "Even if you've been exposed to the fl

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  6. Prevent Flu: Soap Away Germs

    An icky fact: That elevator button or door knob you just touched? It likely has flu germs on it. If you're avoiding the flu, take note. Then wash those hands. Do it the right way -- and do it often, several times a day! It's true -- germs can live on any surface for two hours or more. If someone in

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  7. Prevent Flu: Don’t Be Touchy

    Resist the urge. Little habits -- touching eyes, putting finger to nose, biting nails -- give the flu virus a welcome mat into your system. A day or two later, when the first signs of flu hit you, you'll wonder -- how did I get the flu? When avoiding the flu, you've got to resist those habits. "Thes

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  8. Prevent Flu: Go to Work or Stay in Bed?

    It's a problem: Kids and adults going to work when they should stay home. Around any school or office, you hear them coughing and sneezing. Yet experts' flu prevention advice is clear: Stay home when you are sick. The problem is, "With a lot of flu viruses, people can be infectious before they have

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  9. Prevent Flu: Cover Up When You Say Achoo!

    It's every mother's mantra: Cover your mouth when you cough. During flu season, it's the best advice you can give any child -- or adult - who wants to avoid the flu. The flu virus is passed from one person to the other through fluids from mouth and nose secretions. When we cough and sneeze, those dr

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  10. Top 13 Flu Myths

    Myths about the flu are everywhere. According to many experts, misconceptions and rumors about the flu are as hard to contain and as hard to fight as the virus itself.  “There are urban myths and rural myths about the flu,” says William Schaffner, MD, chairman of the department of preventive medicin

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