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  1. More People Getting Flu Shots This Year

    Dec. 5, 2011 (Atlanta)  -- New CDC numbers show that 36% of adults have already gotten flu shots as of early November -- months before the illness normally sweeps the nation. That means roughly 111 million adults have received flu shots or the spray flu vaccine so far, the CDC’s Anne Schuchat, MD, d

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  2. What's Your Cold and Flu IQ?

    Chances are your child will develop between eight and 12 colds every year during childhood, says Harley A. Rotbart, MD, pediatric infectious disease specialist at Children's Hospital Colorado and author of Germ Proof Your Kids: The Complete Guide to Protecting (Without Overprotecting) Your Family Fr

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  3. How To Stay Well (When Everyone Else Is Sick)

    By Janis Graham 'Tis the season...for colds, flu, stomach bugs, and all those other ills that spread when people come together — whether by choice (at holiday parties) or circumstance (on airplanes). But don't start calculating your sick days just yet. This year you can do more than wash your hands

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  4. How Effective Are Flu Vaccines?

    Oct. 25, 2011 -- As flu season approaches, a new analysis finds that the flu vaccine provides only moderate protection against the flu, noting that such protection is greatly reduced or absent during some flu seasons. The analysis is published in The Lancet. "While the vaccine does work, and we stil

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  5. Survey: Two-Thirds of Americans Plan to Get Flu Vaccine

    Sept. 21, 2011 -- Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults plan to be vaccinated against the flu this season, while seven in 10 parents say they're likely to get their children immunized, according to new survey data. "The last several years we're seeing an upward trend in influenza vaccination rates," said

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  6. Which Kids Die of Flu?

    Sept. 15, 2011 -- Being younger than 5 years old is a risk factor for severe flu, a CDC analysis of last season's child flu deaths suggests. There were 115 confirmed child flu deaths from Sept. 1, 2010, through Aug. 31, 2011. The number includes all infants, children, and teens under age 18. But not

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  7. New Swine Flu in 2 U.S. Kids

    Sept. 2, 2011 -- Two U.S. kids -- an Indiana boy and a Pennsylvania girl -- are the first human cases of a new swine flu bug. Both kids fully recovered after suffering usual flu symptoms. The two children had no contact with each other. Each caught the new flu in separate transmission events. The bo

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  8. Kids Need Flu Shot Even if They Had One Last Year

    Sept. 5, 2011 -- Even if they got one last year, most children should get another dose of the flu vaccine before flu season begins, according to the latest recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The 2011-2012 flu vaccine protects against the same three strains of influenza as

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  9. Antibiotic Overuse May Be Bad for Body's Good Bacteria

    Aug. 24, 2011 -- Antibiotic overuse doesn’t just lead to drug-resistant superbugs, it may also permanently wipe out the body’s good bacteria.  Good bacteria in the gut help people in many ways, including helping make vitamins and boosting immunity. Some researchers think that killing them off with a

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  10. Many Health Care Workers Don't Get Flu Vaccines

    Aug. 18, 2011 -- A new report from the CDC suggests that not enough health care workers are being vaccinated against the flu. In its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the CDC says that only 63.5% of 1,931 health care workers who took part in a survey in April 2011 said they had received flu vac

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