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  1. Top 13 Flu Myths

    Myths about the flu are everywhere. According to many experts, misconceptions and rumors about the flu are as hard to contain and as hard to fight as the virus itself.  “There are urban myths and rural myths about the flu,” says William Schaffner, MD, chairman of the department of preventive medicin

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  2. H1N1 Swine Flu No Worse Than Seasonal Flu

    Sept. 7, 2010 -- In adults and children over age 6 months, the H1N1 swine flu was no more severe -- and posed no greater risk of serious disease -- than recent seasonal flu bugs. The findings come from Edward A. Belongia, MD, and colleagues at Wisconsin's Marshfield Clinic, who have been tracking fl

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  3. The Flu and You: Your Urgent Response Guide

    You can take all the precautions in the world, but sometimes the flu sneaks around your defenses. So what do you do when someone in your house has the flu -- or even swine flu? To give you an idea, here's a countdown of five average days with the flu. Keep in mind that this rundown is based on a typ

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  4. Too Sick to Work?

    You rise from a fitful night’s sleep with a sore throat and headache. Your temperature is slightly over 100 degrees, but judging by how crummy you feel, you wonder if it will spike to 103 degrees by day’s end. Should you drag yourself to work and risk infecting coworkers? Or should you phone in sick

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  5. Flu Deaths "Unpredictable"

    Aug. 26, 2010 – U.S. deaths from flu range from about 3,000 to about 50,000 per year, the CDC now calculates. The new numbers come from analysis of the last 31 flu seasons by CDC medical officer David Shay, MD, MPH and colleagues. For years, the CDC has been estimating the annual flu toll at about 3

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  6. CDC: Flu Vaccine Arriving, Get Yours ASAP

    Aug. 12, 2010 -- It may still be late summer, but this year's flu vaccine already is arriving -- and the CDC wants you to get yours right away. That "you" means "everybody." For the first time, the seasonal flu vaccine is recommended for all men, women -- including pregnant women -- and children ove

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  7. Swine Flu and Pregnancy

    Pregnant women are more likely to be hospitalized and are at higher risk of death and complications from flu, including swine flu and seasonal flu, than the general population.  As scary as that sounds, experts say that most pregnant women who become ill with H1N1 swine flu will not have a serious p

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  8. Swine Flu Pandemic Over, WHO Declares

    July 10, 2010 -- The H1N1 swine flu pandemic is over, the World Health Organization declared today. The world has now entered the "post-pandemic period" in which the H1N1 virus has begun acting like -- and circulating with -- other flu bugs. "The new H1N1 virus has largely run its course," WHO Direc

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  9. Swine Flu Pandemic Hit Children the Hardest

    July 29, 2010 -- The H1N1 flu strain that sparked the first influenza pandemic in four decades has caused the majority of flu cases so far in the 2009-2010 season, the CDC says. CDC spokesman Tom Skinner tells WebMD that the so-called swine flu bug has affected the very young more than elderly peopl

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  10. Study Links Zinc Nose Sprays, Loss of Smell

    July 19, 2010 -- Just over a year ago, the FDA warned that zinc-containing intranasal cold remedies might cause loss of sense of smell. Now a researcher who has long argued that the sprays were harmful says he has scientific evidence to back up the claim. Last summer, the FDA warned consumers to sto

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