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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Swine Flu and the Elderly

    What is it about swine flu that has people so nervous? Should seniors in particular be worried? To learn more, WebMD went to medical experts and got their answers to these and other questions about the 2009 H1N1 virus. Swine flu is a novel form of the influenza virus, combining swine, human, and avi

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  9. Swine Flu and Asthma

    Before the latest flu season had officially gotten under way, the swine flu (or H1N1 virus) was already stealing headlines as it left a trail of fever, aches, and general misery across the country. For people with asthma, watching the swine flu sweep across the nation has been especially nerve wrack

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  10. Swine Flu and Travel: 6 Tips

    Are you rethinking your travel plans in light of H1N1 flu (swine flu)? Here are six travel recommendations to keep in mind. The CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) don't have any travel restrictions in place for healthy travelers. The World Health Organization (WHO) isn't recommending any travel

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