Why You Really Need A Flu Shot (Even Though The Vaccine Isn't Great)
By September, half of the flu viruses circulating in America were H3N2s -- displacing H1N1 as the dominant strain. And half of those were the drifted H3N2 mutant that’s a poor match for the current vaccine. But by then, this season’s flu vaccine was already out.
Mass. Reports First Case Of Cold Virus, E68
The case of an 8-year-old girl who was treated at Boston Children's Hospital and released means Enterovirus 68 is here and spreading, says state epidemiologist Al DeMaria. It is not typically as dangerous as the flu, he says, except in children with asthma.
Flu Or Just Crud? Latest Wrinkle In Flu Tracking: Home Tests
Real flu or just winter crud? A federally funded experiment by researchers at Boston Children's Hospital offers Boston-area residents free home virus tests to figure it out. It's the latest wrinkle in trying to track flu and understand how it spreads.