Sorry, Intriguing Studies Are No Excuse To Skip The Flu Shot This Year
The media messages about flu vaccines can get confusing -- reports about diminishing returns and poor matches -- but the message from health authorities remains clear: Almost everyone over six months of age should get a flu vaccine, as defense against a disease that kills thousands of Americans every year, and if that changes, they'll let you know. And it's not too late for this year.
Research Raises Prospect Of Springtime Shot To Protect Against Lyme Disease
Researchers report progress (in mice, at least) on a shot that people in Lyme disease territory could get in the springtime to protect them through high tick season. It would use monoclonal antibodies -- narrowly targeted defenses -- and begin safety testing in humans as early as next year.
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.
Ebola: As Other Doctors Die, Heading Straight Into The Outbreak To Help
As the Ebola epidemic in western Africa worsens, infection-control expert Dr. Nahid Bhadelia is planning to head straight into the outbreak to help -- and offers some insights into why so many health care workers have been dying there.
A Surprising New View Of Flu: Rethinking The 1918 Pandemic
Flu researchers today report some surprising news: They say the 1918 virus was no super-bug. Instead, its deadliness had to do with how very different it was from the flu viruses circulating 25 or 30 years before, when the young adults of 1918 were first exposed to the flu.
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.