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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Cough Medicine: Should You or Shouldn’t You?

    Coughs send more people to the doctor's office than any other specific symptom, according to experts. And Americans spend billions of dollars every year on over-the-counter medications to fight coughs, such as cough suppressants and expectorants.   Clearly we're concerned about our coughs. Clearly w

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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