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  1. Flu Vaccine Myths - Topic Overview

    Many people choose not to have the influenza vaccine because of myths they believe about the disease or the vaccine. Myth: Influenza is a minor illness. Truth: Influenza and its complications cause about 20,000 deaths in the United States each year. Myth: The vaccine causes the flu. Truth: You can't get the flu by having a flu shot. The flu shot is made of killed virus and therefore cannot ...

  2. Heart Disease and the Flu

    If you have heart disease, learn what you can do to prevent, manage, and treat flu. Read about flu symptoms, and learn when you should call your doctor.

  3. Nasal Sprays for Cold Relief

    Learn more about nasal sprays and how this cold remedy may help you breathe better.

  4. Is It a Stomach Flu or Influenza?

    Is it stomach flu -- officially called gastroenteritis -- or influenza? Learn the differences so you can treat your symptoms properly.

  5. Is It a Cold or the Flu?

    Is it a cold or the flu? This chart should help explain your symptoms.

  6. Anthrax - Topic Overview

    What is anthrax?Anthrax is a potentially fatal disease caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis. These bacteria produce spores that can spread the infection. Spores are bacteria in a resting stage. Like plant seeds, they are not active until they germinate. Anthrax in humans is rare unless the spores are spread intentionally. Anthrax usually develops in cattle, horses, sheep, and goats. ...

  7. Anthrax - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about anthrax:What is anthrax?How does anthrax spread?What are the symptoms of anthrax infection?How is anthrax infection treated?What can I do to lower my risk of exposure?Being diagnosed:How is anthrax diagnosed?How can anthrax be distinguished from the flu?Getting treatment:How is anthrax treated?Can anthrax be prevented?What should I do if I think I have been exposed to anthrax? ...

  8. Advice for Parents on Talking to Children About Novel H1N1 Flu (Formerly Swine Flu) Concerns

    As a parent you know how hard it can be for children to understand stressful situations, such as the current situation of novel H1N1 flu.

  9. What Adults with HIV Infection Should Know About the Novel H1N1 Flu (formerly called swine flu)

    At the present time, we have no information about the risk of the novel H1N1 flu in people with HIV/AIDS. In the past, people with HIV/AIDS have not appeared to be at any greater risk than the general population for infection with routine seasonal influenza.

  10. H1N1 Flu: Interim Guidance for People With Heart Disease, Stroke, or Cardiovascular Disease

    This article is important for people with heart disease, stroke, and cardiovascular disease who get the H1N1 swine flu.

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