Flu Season News
US Life Expectancy Falls, as Many Kinds of Death Increase
A decades-long trend of rising life expectancy in the U.S. could be ending: It declined last year and it is no better than it was four years ago
Tips to Avoid Catching Infections This Holiday Season
Between Thanksgiving and Christmas , millions of Americans will take to the roads and skies to visit family and friends. This can mean exposure to plenty of viral and bacterial pathogens through the air and through physical contact. Here's a few tips for avoiding the flu , cold or other infection,
Everything You Need to Know About Flu Shots
In addition to dropping temperatures and changing leaves, the start of fall also signals the beginning of flu season in the U.S. Seasonal influenza may be thought of as a common nuisance, but the disease can be dangerous. Last flu season , 970,000 people were hospitalized due to the illness and the
CDC Director Receives Flu Shot to Bring Awareness to Flu Season
Dr. Tom Frieden says the flu vaccine is "probably one of the best buys in public health."
Effectiveness of Nasal Spray Flu Vaccines Questioned
Experts recommend that the nasal flu vaccines not be used because they haven't been especially effective in past flu seasons.
Achoo! See the Anatomy of a Sneeze
Just in time for cold and flu season, MIT researchers are showing you exactly what a sneeze looks like in slow motion. Lydia Bourouiba, of the MIT Fluid Dynamics of Disease Transmission Laboratory, managed to film a real live sneeze at 1,000 frames per second. Published in the New England Journal
CDC Recommends Giving Up Nasal Flu Vaccine in Favor of Shots
Get ready to roll up your sleeves this flu season. Nasal flu vaccinations are no longer being recommended by federal health officials after they were found to be less effective than traditional flu shots. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, part of the Centers for Disease Control and
High-Speed Images Freeze the Sneeze and Help Explain the Spread of Germs
In case you needed another reason to fear flu season, researchers from MIT released new pictures showing the physics behind sneezing. Just a warning, there's a lot of splatter. The researchers used high-speed cameras and examined 100 sneezes from three healthy subjects. Their goal was to photograph
Cooped Up by the Snowstorm: Tips on Avoiding Flu Virus When Caring for the Sick
A massive snowstorm that is bearing down on the East Coast is arriving during the traditional peak of flu season, which the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines as between "December and February." As the storm begins, many people will be stuck at home with family members or
ABC News Staffers Preview New Star Wars Ice Cream
Ample Hills Creamery stops by the newsroom to see if staffers choose the dark side or the light side.