Flu Shot for Babies, Boomers and Beyond

If you haven’t gotten a flu shot, it’s not too late. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), flu season typically peaks in January or February (though flu activity can last as long as late May). Experts say that most of us should receive the flu vaccine, beginning as early as 6 months of … Read More

How to Tell If It’s Pneumonia

It’s hard to fight something you can’t easily detect. Pneumonia is treatable, but spotting the infection early is a challenge. The disease has multiple symptoms that can lead people to think their illness is nothing more than the common cold or flu. “It’s a tough disease to diagnose,” says Marie Budev, DO, a pulmonologist and … Read More

Study: Flu Can Be Deadly – Even for Healthy Kids

When most adults get the flu, they might need a few days of “couch time” for a full recovery. But with children, it can be different. When any child — even a healthy one — gets the flu, the results can be deadly. A new report presents even more compelling evidence of this. This is … Read More

Why You Need a Flu Shot

If you haven’t gotten a flu shot, now is the time to start taking steps to cut down your chances of getting sick. Susan Rehm, MD, a doctor who treats infectious diseases at Cleveland Clinic, says that the flu is nothing to sneeze at. “Every year, up to 200,000 people are hospitalized with the flu and … Read More

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New Flu Vaccines Available for Kids

Contributor: Hanan Nashed, MD If you’re waiting to get your kids the flu vaccine, plan on getting it as soon as possible. Vaccines being introduced this year are available now. Flu season can last anywhere from October to March. Because the influenza virus itself can strike at any time in the year, pediatricians really want … Read More

4 Vaccine Myths Busted by Science

You don’t have to look far to find vaccine myths and misconceptions. With flu season upon us — and with outbreaks of dangerous yet preventable diseases on the rise — now is the perfect time to rethink these myths, and what science tells us about them. Myth No. 1: Vaccines cause autism This autism myth … Read More

Flu Shots May Lower Heart Attack Risk

Getting immunized against the flu is a good way to protect yourself from the effects of this seasonal illness. It’s even more important if you have existing cardiovascular disease and are at risk for developing complications. Another good reason to get the flu shot: A recent study supports scientists’ belief that preventing influenza can lower … Read More

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How Can I Tell Seasonal Allergies From a Cold?

Seasonal allergies and colds share common symptoms but have different causes, according to Sandra Hong, MD, in the department of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine. They are often confused, but she says you can tell them apart by noting: 1. How symptoms develop Both allergies and colds cause sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose, watery … Read More

AAP Says Pregnant Women Need Whooping Cough Vaccine

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a new immunization schedule today, which includes a new approach to vaccinating for pertussis, or whooping cough, as it is more commonly known. Pregnant women   should get vaccinated   to protect infants  against whooping cough, AAP says. To protect babies earlier, the AAP recommends that pregnant women are … Read More