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    1. New Swine Flu Outbreak: Case Count Rising

      Aug. 9, 2012 -- The case count in the ongoing outbreak of new swine flu has jumped from 12 cases last week to at least 145 cases, the CDC announced today. Even while the CDC was making the announcement, Indiana health officials reported seven new cases. That brings the total to 152 cases -- and coun

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    2. Zinc May Slightly Help Adults With Colds, Not Kids

      May 7, 2012 -- Adults who take zinc supplements at the first sign of a cold may shave almost two days off of their sniffling, sneezing, and coughing, a new review study suggests. That said, the supplements didn't lessen the severity of these symptoms in adults, and had no effects on children, who ca

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    3. Flu Risk Higher for Workers in Certain Industries

      March 22, 2012 -- Although having a job offers some protection against the flu, a new report from the CDC shows that workers in some industries appear more flu-prone than workers in other industries. “[T]his information is needed for recognizing and responding to increased risks for infection among

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    4. It's Flu Season, CDC Says

      Feb. 24, 2012 -- Flu season is officially under way, the CDC says. It's the latest start in 24 years, Joseph Bresee, MD, chief of epidemiology and prevention at the CDC's flu branch, said at a news teleconference. The CDC declares a flu season when for three weeks in a row at least 10% of people see

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    5. Where's the Flu? Get Ready

      Dec. 29, 2011 -- Where is this flu season we keep hearing about? Brace yourself. Although it's seemed pretty quiet so far, flu season may already have arrived. Although official CDC data show little flu activity throughout the U.S., it takes about two weeks to compile that data. More timely data fro

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    6. Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Tied to Flu Survival

      Dec. 14, 2011 -- Each year, thousands of Americans die from the flu. Now, a new study suggests that certain drugs that lower cholesterol may also reduce the flu’s severity and may prevent flu deaths. But don’t trade a prescription for statin pills for a flu shot or other protections just yet. Resear

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    7. Flu Season Mild So Far, Says CDC

      Dec. 8, 2011 -- The U.S. flu season is mild so far, according to the CDC. That is typical for this early in the season. Influenza activity was low in October and November, according to the latest CDC statistics. They are published in the Dec. 9 issue of the agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Re

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    8. 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, di

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    9. 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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    10. 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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