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  1. H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine FAQ

    A safe and effective H1N1 swine flu vaccine was created and produced in record time -- but it still wasn't ready when the U.S. pandemic peaked in early fall of 2009. Even so, by mid-December 2009, 28 million adults (13% of U.S. adults) and 18 million children (24% of U.S. children) had received the

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  2. Swine Flu FAQ

    The H1N1 swine flu virus appeared in the U.S. in April 2009 and never went away. After sweeping the globe, U.S. H1N1 swine flu cases surged as schools opened in the fall. What is H1N1 swine flu? What can we do about it? WebMD answers your questions. What is swine flu? What are swine flu symptoms? Wh

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  3. The Truth About 'Man Colds'

    When Gina Gallo, a school librarian in Lacombe, La., gets sick, she can take care of herself. She gets her own medicine, makes her own food, and "deals with it," as she puts it. But when her fiancé gets a cold, she says he has "a complete system breakdown." "The world stops and the whining is incess

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  4. Treating a Child With Swine Flu

    What should you do if your child gets H1N1 swine flu? It’s a question many parents are facing this flu season. While the majority of cases for children and teens have been mild, requiring only home treatment, a growing number of  children -- some with no underlying medical conditions -- have needed

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  5. H1N1 Swine Flu Holiday Party Etiquette

    Holiday season is upon us again. As you send out the invitations and plan the menu for your holiday party, remember that there is one guest you definitely do not want on your guest list: swine flu. You might have considered canceling your holiday festivities out of fear of H1N1. However, our flu eti

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  6. Sick of Being Sick?

    14 research-proven ways to eat, drink, and even party to boost your immunity this season Winter bugs don't just make you feel miserable. Sick days create havoc at home and work. And those days can become weeks if a cold morphs into something more serious — a sinus or ear infection, or bronchitis. Fl

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  7. Is the H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine Safe?

    What do we really know about the 2009 H1N1 swine flu vaccine? What do we really not know? Questions about the safety of the vaccine persist. Surf the Internet or flip through TV stations and you'll encounter a multitude of myths and a whole lot of hype. What are the facts? Straightforward answers fo

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  8. 6 Reasons Why Your Cold Lingers

    It’s almost an annual rite of passage: Winter comes and despite your best efforts, you catch a cold. In today’s fast-paced world, it’s hard to slow down for a mere case of the sniffles. Many of us try to work straight through our colds and hope that, with minimal effort, the symptoms will get better

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  9. 5 Reasons Some People Fear the Swine Flu Vaccine

    Why do half of Americans fear the H1N1 swine flu vaccine more than pandemic flu itself? It's a problem that bedevils the huge effort now underway to offer the vaccine to all Americans who want it. "People have concerns about vaccination ... despite the clear message from all of us in public health a

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  10. Preventing Cold & Flu: How Doctors Keep Germs at Bay

    With cold and flu season in full swing, we wondered how top docs personally battle nasty bugs each winter. Here are their expert tips for keeping pains, aches, sniffles, and sneezes at bay. The advice you’ve probably heard dozens of times from your doctor -- wash your hands throughout the day -- rea

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