First it's that rough feeling, like you swallowed a bit of sandpaper. You know what's next: a sore throat. Is it the start of a cold, strep -- or something else?
"For most sore throats, you probably don't need to see a doctor. You can treat it with over-the-counter remedies, take time off from work, and rest," says Jeffrey A. Linder, MD, MPH. He's an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Why do half of Americans fear the H1N1 swine fluvaccine 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 and doctors throughout the health care field that vaccine is our best tool to protect against the flu," CDC director Thomas Frieden, MD, said at a news conference aimed at convincing U.S. residents to...