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Swine Flu Vaccine Still Months Away

Search for correct formulation, egg-based production system are biggest challenges, experts say

First Swine Flu Death Reported in U.S.

23-month-old boy from Mexico had traveled to Houston for medical treatments, reports say

U.S. Swine Flu Cases Surpass 60

CDC warns that some deaths are likely

Experts Say Panic Over Swine Flu Is Premature

Transmission, death rate much lower than SARS, and true severity of outbreak still unknown

40 Swine Flu Cases Now Reported in U.S.

Health officials checking persons entering the country for signs of sickness

Universal Flu Vaccine Shows Promise

Researchers report low dose triggered immune response

U.S. Declares Public Health Emergency in Response to Swine Flu

A precautionary measure, the move allows federal and state governments easier access to flu tests and medications

WHO Warns of Possible Pandemic as Mexico Seeks to Contain Swine Flu

3 new cases reported in United States, health officials say

At Least 20 Dead, Hundreds Ill in Swine Flu Outbreak in Mexico

Officials find links between Mexican virus and strain that sickened 8 people in California, Texas

Swine Flu Cases Now Total 7: CDC

All patients, in California and Texas, have recovered from unique virus

Mild Flu Season Coming to a Close

Outpatient visits, deaths were lower than previous year, CDC says

Flu Strikes a Milder Blow This Season

Effective vaccine and more vaccinations among young people helped, experts say

Rapid Test to Detect Bird Flu in People Approved

Results available in less than 40 minutes

Too Much Red Meat May Shorten Life Span

Major study finds an effect, but critics say meat offers important nutrients

Concerted Effort Needed to Fight Drug-Resistant Flu Strain

Other medications could be effective, while flu shot is best bet, experts say

Resistance to Tamiflu Growing

Mostly linked to influenza A strain, which is most common in US, study says

Too Little Vitamin D May Mean More Colds and Flu

Whether adding supplements would help still needs testing, experts say

Scientists May Have New Way to Fight the Flu

Discovery could lead to new drugs and universal vaccine, they say

Low Humidity Levels Help Flu Germs Spread

Finding explains why infection more common in winter months

Health Tip: Do I Have a Cold or Flu?

They may have similar symptoms, but flu is more severe

U.S. Flu Season Off to Slow Start

Fewer cases so far suggest a mild flu season, officials say

Drug Impedes Body's Deadly Reaction to Flu Virus

Finding may help prevent spread of lung infections, including pandemic strains

You're Never Too Old for a Flu Shot

Death rates and complications plummet for immunized seniors, study found

Common Flu Strain Resistant to Popular Antiviral Drug

But other medications are available that work, CDC officials stress

To Protect Yourself, Wash Those Germs Away

Doctors say it's the best way to keep colds and flu at bay

Flu Shots Worthwhile for College Students

Getting seasonal vaccine reduced illness rates, missed classes, study shows

Health Tip: Allergies to the Flu Shot

Who may have a reaction and shouldn't get the vaccine

Health Tip: Be Sure to Get a Flu Shot

Particularly if you're at higher risk

Flu Shots Lower Risk of Blood Clots

Study found getting one reduced chances by 26%

Too Many High-Risk Teens Not Getting Flu Shots

Those with asthma, other conditions have vaccination rates far below goals, study finds

Flu Vaccine Could Prevent 357,000 Deaths in Pandemic

Predictive model shows shots would also save $7 billion in related health-care costs

High-Dose Flu Shot Benefits Elderly

Heightened immune activity seen in people 65 and older, study says

When It Comes to Flu, the More Who Get Vaccine, the Better

While not possible to protect all, studies show shots cut deaths, hospital visits

Family Flu Shots Protect Babies Before Leaving Hospital

Vaccinating those in closest contact with newborns provides 'cocooning effect'

Flu Can Be Deadly for Young Victims

CDC now recommends shots for those aged 6 months to 19

New Avian Flu Vaccine Strategy Proposed

Advance shots protect those most exposed in possible pandemic, researchers suggest

Drug Companies Say No Cold Meds for Kids Under 4

FDA supports industry's voluntary action to change labeling as agency continues to assess whether products are safe for the youngest set

Kids' Flu Shot Largely Ineffective Over Past Few Years

Study finds it didn't keep them from hospitals, doctors' offices

FDA Wants More Time to Study Cold Meds for Kids

More data needed on whether OTC remedies are safe, agency official tells public meeting

Anti-Obesity Drugs Could Fight Viral Infections

Targeting increases in fatty acid metabolism inhibits replication, researchers find

Regular Hand-Washing Can Prevent Against Colds, Flu

But group's survey finds fewer Americans taking this simple precaution

Flu Vaccine Should Be More Effective: CDC

And officials are urging more Americans than ever before to get a shot this season

U.S. Barred 33 TB-Infected People From Flying Over Past Year

CDC's new 'do not board' list comes as a surprise to infectious disease experts

Pregnant Mom's Flu Shot Protects Baby

U.S. health officials will mull new findings at vaccine meeting

Study Questions Flu Shot's Mortality Protection for Elderly

Canadian study found benefit to be statistically insignificant

Survivors of 1918 Flu Pandemic Immune 90 Years Later

Finding could lead to new strategies for fighting future pandemics, researchers say

FDA OKs Flu Vaccines for 2008-09 Season

The hope is they will be a better match than last year's shots

Immunotherapy Boosts Treatment of Kids' High-Risk Sarcomas

Patients with recurrent or metastatic disease had better-than-normal survival, study finds

Flu Vaccine Doesn't Protect Seniors From Pneumonia

Older, frail folks are more susceptible to flu and its complications, researchers say.

Nursing Homes Unprepared for Pandemic Flu Fallout

Only a quarter have emergency plan, less than half have educated staff, study finds