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Are You Ready for Flu Season?

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Health Tip: Recognize Signs of Strep Throat

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Do Your Part to Stop Spreading Colds and Flu

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Sore Throat

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Why You Need a Flu Shot Now

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Is Strep Throat Contagious?

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Many Parents Think a Flu Shot Is Unnecessary

Many Parents Think a Flu Shot Is Unnecessary0

TUESDAY, Oct. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many American parents who don't get their children flu shots say they don't see the need, according to a new study. "The first and most common reason could encompass a belief that risk for contracting ...

Certain Parents More Likely to Skip Kids' Flu Shot

Certain Parents More Likely to Skip Kids' Flu Shot0

MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children who see "alternative" health providers, such as acupuncturists or massage therapists, are less likely than other kids to get their annual flu shot, a new study suggests. Researchers found that ...

Flagging Flu-Shot Rate Worries CDC

Flagging Flu-Shot Rate Worries CDC0

THURSDAY, Sept. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The flu-vaccination rate sagged in the United States last season, causing concern among public health officials that more Americans might wave off a flu shot this year. Influenza vaccination coverage ...

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How to Protect Yourself From the Seasonal Flu

How to Protect Yourself From the Seasonal Flu0

FRIDAY, Sept. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Don't let this year's flu season catch you by surprise. Experts say an annual flu shot is the best way to avoid the aches, fever, congestion and fatigue that flu brings -- and to protect those who are ...

Tonsillitis

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Most acute tonsil infections are caused by viruses or bacteria, and usually are contagious (transmitted) by direct person-to-person contact. Tonsillitis caused by a virus infection usually is contagious for about 7-10 days. Bacterial tonsillitis ...

Pediatricians' Group Advises Against Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine

Pediatricians' Group Advises Against Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine0

TUESDAY, Sept. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The nasal spray flu vaccine is ineffective and should not be used in the upcoming flu season, says a leading group of U.S. pediatricians. All children aged 6 months and older should receive a seasonal ...

Is a Cough Contagious?

Is a Cough Contagious?0

Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory infection. Symptoms of whooping cough early in the infection are similar to those of the common cold and include: a dry cough, mild fever, nasal congestion, nasal discharge, ...

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sodium chloride - intranasal spray (Ocean, Ayr Saline, Humist, NaSal, Little Noses, Ocean)0

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Rapid Strep Test

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What is a rapid strep test? The rapid strep test is a quick and accurate diagnostic tool used to determine whether or not strep bacteria are present in the patient's throat. The same test may be used to evaluate for the presence of ...

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PRESCRIPTION: Yes GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes USES: Clarithromycin is effective against susceptible bacteria causing the following infections: middle ear, tonsillitis, throat infections, laryngitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, and skin ...

Neti Pot Beats Steam for Sinus Congestion Relief

Neti Pot Beats Steam for Sinus Congestion Relief0

MONDAY, July 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Inhaling steam probably won't open your chronically clogged sinuses. But nasal irrigation may bring some relief, a new study finds. "People with chronic and recurrent sinusitis have poor quality of ...

Flu Shot Side Effects

Flu Shot Side Effects0

Many people worry about side effects from the flu shot, but serious complications are rare. Some people believe that they can actually get the flu from receiving the shot, but this is not the case. For the majority of people, the risks of developing ...

Many Adults Use Antibiotics Without Consulting Doctor, Survey Finds

Many Adults Use Antibiotics Without Consulting Doctor, Survey Finds0

MONDAY, July 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Adding to fears about the overuse of antibiotics, a new Texas study finds that one in every 20 adults has hoarded the drugs and used them without a doctor's guidance. For years, health experts have ...

Why Being Cold Might Foster a Cold

Why Being Cold Might Foster a Cold0

MONDAY, July 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists may be proving Mom right: Your odds of avoiding a cold get better if you bundle up and stay warm. Warmer body temperatures appear to help prevent the cold virus from spreading, in multiple ...

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Boston's Subways Packed With Germs

Boston's Subways Packed With Germs0

TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Boston's subway system is swarming with microbes, and while that might send a shiver down your spine, the study's authors said that most of these bugs are harmless and won't make you sick. Researchers ...

Women May Have Better Flu Defenses

Women May Have Better Flu Defenses0

MONDAY, Jan. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to fending off the flu, women may have an advantage over men, new research suggests. The study found that the female sex hormone estrogen helps keep the flu virus somewhat at bay, which ...

No Antibiotics for Common Respiratory Infections: Experts

No Antibiotics for Common Respiratory Infections: Experts0

MONDAY, Jan. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Antibiotics are not needed for adults who have the common cold, bronchitis, sore throat or sinus infections. That's the advice from the American College of Physicians and the U.S. Centers for Disease ...

Health Tip: Help Prevent RSV

Health Tip: Help Prevent RSV0

(HealthDay News) -- Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a contagious virus. Potentially serious among infants and older adults, it usually mimics symptoms of the common cold. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these ...

Health Tip: Treating Your Child's Cold

Health Tip: Treating Your Child's Cold0

(HealthDay News) -- Your child has a nasty cold, but you've been told the toddler is too young for an over-the-counter cold medicine. So what do you do? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends: Blowing the nose is best. Avoid ...

Protect Yourself From Colds and Flu This Winter

Protect Yourself From Colds and Flu This Winter0

FRIDAY, Jan. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cold and flu season is here, but that doesn't mean you have to resign yourself to days of misery. There are a number of ways you can protect yourself. While there's no vaccine to protect against colds, ...

U.S. Flu Activity Remains Low: CDC

U.S. Flu Activity Remains Low: CDC0

FRIDAY, Jan. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Flu activity remains low in the United States, possibly due to the mild temperatures that have blanketed much of the nation, federal health officials said Friday. But officials expect flu activity to ...

Get Your Flu Shot Before the Flu Is Widespread: CDC

Get Your Flu Shot Before the Flu Is Widespread: CDC0

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Although relatively few cases of flu have surfaced so far in the United States, health officials expect activity to pick up in the next few weeks, so everyone who hasn't gotten a flu shot should get one ...

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DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Amantadine is a synthetic (man-made) anti-viral drug that can inhibit the replication of viruses in cells. To prevent a viral infection, the drug should be present before exposure to the virus. Clearly, this is not practical ...

Health Tip: Struggling With Chronic Cough?

Health Tip: Struggling With Chronic Cough?0

(HealthDay News) -- Chronic cough occurs when you've been coughing steadily for eight weeks or longer. It's not always a sign of a serious health problem, but it can be annoying nonetheless. To help calm your chronic cough, the Mayo Clinic ...

Many Americans Dubious of Flu Shot's Effectiveness

Many Americans Dubious of Flu Shot's Effectiveness0

TUESDAY, Dec. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Less than half of Americans strongly believe that the flu shot will help them avoid the illness, and one-third don't believe it will protect them at all, a new survey finds. The fact that The ...

Majority of U.S. Hospitals Don't Require Flu Shots for Staffers: Survey

Majority of U.S. Hospitals Don't Require Flu Shots for Staffers: Survey0

TUESDAY, Dec. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of U.S. hospitals don't require health care providers to get a seasonal flu shot, a new study finds. In the 2013 survey of infection control specialists at 386 hospitals nationwide, ...

How to Have a Healthy Holiday Season

How to Have a Healthy Holiday Season0

SUNDAY, Dec. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- You're at increased risk for colds and the flu over the holidays, but a few simple measures will help lower your chances of getting sick, an expert says. "With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, ...

Get Your Flu Shot Before the Flu Is Widespread: CDC

Get Your Flu Shot Before the Flu Is Widespread: CDC0

FRIDAY, Dec. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- While relatively few cases of flu have surfaced so far in the United States, health officials say the holiday season will likely change that, so everyone should get a flu shot now. People will be ...

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Ah-Choo! Sneeze 'Cloud' Quickly Covers a Room, Study Finds

Ah-Choo! Sneeze 'Cloud' Quickly Covers a Room, Study Finds0

MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Just in time for cold and flu season, a new study finds the average human sneeze expels a high-velocity cloud that can contaminate a room in minutes. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of ...

Bronchiolitis

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Bronchiolitis is a viral infection affecting both the upper respiratory region (nose, mouth and throat) and lower respiratory tract (lungs). It is an illness in which effects are most severe in children under two years of age. Bronchiolitis is most ...

Rectal Thermometer Remains Gold Standard for Spotting Fever

Rectal Thermometer Remains Gold Standard for Spotting Fever0

MONDAY, Nov. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Although it's no one's favorite method, a rectal thermometer is the best way to determine someone's body temperature, experts say. Accurate body temperature readings are important because they are used ...

Statins May Dampen Protective Powers of Flu Vaccines

Statins May Dampen Protective Powers of Flu Vaccines0

THURSDAY, Oct. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Two new studies raise the possibility that the popular cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins may blunt the effectiveness of flu vaccines in seniors. But experts caution that more research is ...

Prepare Yourself for Cold, Flu Season

Prepare Yourself for Cold, Flu Season0

THURSDAY, Oct. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cold and flu season has arrived, but there are a number of things you can do to protect yourself from infection, an expert says. "People over the age of 65 should get a high-dose flu shot. People ...

Health Tip: Considering Cough Medicine?

Health Tip: Considering Cough Medicine?0

(HealthDay News) -- Cough medicine is a popular reach-for medication for people with a cold or the flu. But it may not be appropriate for every cough. The American Academy of Family Physicians says you probably shouldn't use cough medicine if ...

It's Time for Your Flu Shot

It's Time for Your Flu Shot0

MONDAY, Oct. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The start of flu season is just around the corner and U.S. health officials are urging everyone aged 6 months and older to get their yearly flu shot. The flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself ...

Enterovirus D68 No Deadlier for Kids Than the Common Cold: Study

Enterovirus D68 No Deadlier for Kids Than the Common Cold: Study0

THURSDAY, Oct. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Enterovirus D68 made headlines in 2014 when it sickened scores of kids across North America, but a new study says the aggressive virus proved no more deadly than other common cold germs. The virus was ...

Study Links Flu Vaccine to Short-Term Drop in Stroke Risk

Study Links Flu Vaccine to Short-Term Drop in Stroke Risk0

THURSDAY, Oct. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- With flu season underway, many people will choose to be vaccinated, in the hopes of warding off a debilitating bout of fever, sneezes, coughs and aches. But a new British study suggests they may end ...

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DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Tussionex is a combination of an antihistamine that blocks allergic reactions and reduces the production of mucus (chlorpheniramine), and a narcotic that relieves pain and cough (hydrocodone). Tussionex is a liquid that ...

Common Cold

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The common cold is a self-limited contagious illness that can be caused by a number of different types of viruses. The common cold is medically referred to as a viral upper respiratory tract infection. Symptoms of the common cold may include cough, ...

Seniors Bear Brunt of This Flu Season

Seniors Bear Brunt of This Flu Season0

THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- As the flu season continues to wind down, it's increasingly clear that older Americans have been hit particularly hard, federal health officials reported Thursday. Not only did record numbers of ...

Typical Adult Over 30 Gets Flu Twice Every 10 Years: Study

Typical Adult Over 30 Gets Flu Twice Every 10 Years: Study0

TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Most people dread the flu, and many work hard to avoid it. However, a new British study finds that the typical person over 30 only gets the illness about twice every decade. "For adults, we found that ...

Seasonal Flu Vaccine Even Less Effective Than Thought: CDC

Seasonal Flu Vaccine Even Less Effective Than Thought: CDC0

THURSDAY, Feb. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- This year's flu vaccine is even more disappointing than previously reported, showing just 18 percent effectiveness against the dominant H3N2 strain of flu, health officials reported Thursday. That's a ...

Flu Vaccine Just 18% Effective This Year

Flu Vaccine Just 18% Effective This Year0

By Brenda Goodman, MA Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD Feb. 26, 2015 -- It's no secret this year's flu shots didn't work as well as doctors had hoped. But the news got worse Thursday when the CDC revised its estimates ...

A Doctor's Advice, a Patient's Race Influence Flu Shot Rates

A Doctor's Advice, a Patient's Race Influence Flu Shot Rates0

TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A doctor's recommendation and a patient's race may play a big role in whether or not people get an annual flu shot, new research reveals. Researchers from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit surveyed about ...

Cold & Flu Quiz: Test Your Medical IQ

Cold & Flu Quiz: Test Your Medical IQ0

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Seasonal Flu Vaccine May Protect Against Deadly Bird Flu

Seasonal Flu Vaccine May Protect Against Deadly Bird Flu0

TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Seasonal flu vaccines trigger immune system protection against the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus, a new study reveals. This strain of bird flu, which emerged in China in 2013, kills nearly one-third of ...

1 in 5 Sore Throats Tied to Scary Bacteria, Study Finds

1 in 5 Sore Throats Tied to Scary Bacteria, Study Finds0

MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A potentially deadly bacteria is responsible for one in five sore throats in young adults, a new study suggests. Patients with this bacteria -- Fusobacterium necrophorum -- can get negative ...

Sore Throat

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Sore throat is a generic term used to describe the symptom of discomfort and pain in the throat area. It does not specify the underlying cause.Strep throat is a bacterial infection of the throat and tonsils that causes a sore throat. It is ...

Many States Still in Flu's Grip, But Some Areas Report Declines

Many States Still in Flu's Grip, But Some Areas Report Declines0

FRIDAY, Feb. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- While levels of flu remain high throughout parts of the United States, some areas are reporting declines, government health officials reported Friday. "We have seen a national peak in influenza, but we ...

Strep Throat

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Strep throat is a bacterial infection of the soft palate and tonsillar region. Microbiologists specifically identify the member of the Streptococcus bacterial family that causes strep throat as "GAS" (Group A, beta hemolytic, ...

Just Half of Nursing Home Staff Getting Flu Vaccine

Just Half of Nursing Home Staff Getting Flu Vaccine0

TUESDAY, Feb. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Only about one in two U.S. nursing home workers gets an annual flu shot, a new study says. "Low staff vaccination rates put vulnerable populations at risk of contracting influenza," wrote the authors of ...

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DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Penicillin V is an oral form of the antibiotic, penicillin, which is used to treat bacterial infections. In 1928, Alexander Fleming noted that mold belonging to the genus Penicillium inhibited the growth of bacteria. Fleming ...

Flu's Grip on U.S. Starting to Weaken: CDC

Flu's Grip on U.S. Starting to Weaken: CDC0

THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- After a rough start to the flu season, the number of infections seems to have peaked and is even starting to decline in many parts of the nation, federal health officials reported Thursday. "We likely ...

Tamiflu Cuts 1 Day Off Average Flu Bout, Study Finds

Tamiflu Cuts 1 Day Off Average Flu Bout, Study Finds0

THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A review of the data suggests that the antiviral drug Tamiflu shortens the length of flu symptoms by about a day, and reduces the risk of flu-related complications such as pneumonia. The findings come ...

Flu Remains Widespread in Much of U.S.

Flu Remains Widespread in Much of U.S.0

By Ashley Hayes Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD Jan. 23, 2015 - The flu is still widespread in a majority of states, and flu-related hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise, the CDC says. The worst might not ...

Health Tip: Could You Have the Flu?

Health Tip: Could You Have the Flu?0

(HealthDay News) -- Flu abounds during the winter months, but it can be difficult to distinguish it from the common cold or other viruses that thrive when the weather is cold. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says symptoms of ...

Only 23 Percent Protection From This Year's Flu Vaccine

Only 23 Percent Protection From This Year's Flu Vaccine0

THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials have hard numbers to back up their warnings that this season's flu shots are less than perfect: A new study finds the vaccine reduces your risk of needing medical care because of flu by ...

CDC:  Flu Vaccine Not Very Effective This Season

CDC: Flu Vaccine Not Very Effective This Season0

By Brenda Goodman, MA Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava, MD Jan. 15, 2015 -- It's official. This season's flu vaccine is less effective than experts had hoped. New research by the CDC shows that this batch of flu ...

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