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Flu Running Rampant; Blamed For Multiple Deaths
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The flu virus is causing widespread panic again this year, with the largest outbreak since the H1N1 “swine flu” pandemic that swept through the U.S. in 2009. Several deaths have already been reported nationwide this season, with 4 dead in …

Study Suggests Staggered National Flu Vaccinations For China

A new study from a combined team of American and Chinese scientists is suggesting that China implement a new national flu vaccine strategy. The paper, published today in the journal PLOS Medicine, states that China should use a staggered flu …

Universal Flu Vaccine Closer After 2009 Pandemic

Each year, researchers work to discover new strains of influenza and develop a new vaccine. The procedure is costly and time consuming, which is why scientists for years now have been working to develop a universal flu vaccine. Now, researchers …

Flu Scare Leads to Public Health Emergency in Boston
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Botson Mayor Thomas Menino this week declared a public health emergency in Boston due to what could become one of the worst flu seasons in nearly a decade. Earlier this week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned …

Flu Season is Picking Up in the U.S.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned that Influenza activity is increasing across most of the U.S. “Reports of influenza-like-illness (ILI) are nearing what have been peak levels during moderately severe seasons,” said Dr. Joe Bresee, …

Flu: One-Time, “Universal” Vaccine Could Soon be a Reality

A new process to make a one-time, “universal” flu vaccine has been developed by Georgia State and South Korean researchers. The vaccine should be able to learn to recognize any type of flu virus, instead of current methods, which create …

Flu Season Could Improve, Thanks to New Virus Study

New research into the evolution of viruses could change the way humans control infectious diseases such as the yearly flu. The new study, published this week in the journal Current Biology, reports that researchers were able to successfully manipulate a …

There May Finally Be A Cure For The Flu In Sight
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I think we can all agree that getting the flu is about the worst possible thing that can happen during winter. That’s why we take vaccines, but it only lasts for a season. Even then, the vaccine may not work …

Google Flu Trends Helps Hospitals Accurately Predict Influenza Cases Google Flu Trends Helps Hospitals Accurately Predict Influenza Cases

A new study from John Hopkins University shows that Google’s influenza oracle, Flu Trends, turns out to be a reliable way for hospitals to anticipate outbreaks or “seasons” of patients sick with the flu, possibly more reliable than using “outdated” …