By: Terry Graedon December 10, 2018 1 Comments
    What Should You Know About Xofluza Side Effects?

    Whenever a new drug is introduced, we want to know two things: how well does it work? and also, what are the side effects? We recently wrote about the flu medicine Xofluza, which shortens the duration…

    By: Terry Graedon December 6, 2018 1 Comments
    Did the Maker Recall Ibuprofen for Your Baby?

    Parents across the country have been alarmed today to hear that some brands of ibuprofen sold as fever medicine for infants have been recalled. What led the manufacturer, Tris Pharma Inc., to recall i…

    By: Terry Graedon November 1, 2018 3 Comments
    Will Xofluza Help You Recover from the Flu Quick…

    It’s been almost two decades since the FDA approved a pill to treat influenza. It was oseltamivir, also known as Tamiflu. Last week, the agency approved a new flu pill, Xofluza. What Is the Story on…

    By: Terry Graedon October 29, 2018 20 Comments
    Can You Protect Yourself from the Flu?

    It’s that time of year. Colds, coughs and even the flu are right around the corner. What will you do to protect yourself from the flu and keep from coming down with something nasty this winter? Prac…

    By: Terry Graedon October 8, 2018 33 Comments
    How Can You Avoid the Flu This Season?

    It’s that time again. The signs are up in pharmacies to get your flu shot. TV anchors are telling their viewers that last year’s influenza season was bad, really bad! Is there any way you can avoi…

    By: Joe Graedon October 4, 2018 32 Comments
    Should You Be Scared of the Upcoming Flu Season?

    The CDC is doing its best to scare you. The public health experts want you to rush out and get a flu shot. The headlines have been designed to motivate: For example, The Chicago Tribune reported “Fl…

    By: Terry Graedon September 6, 2018 3 Comments
    Security Line Is the Germiest Spot in the Airpor…

    Traveling can expose you lots of germs. People often worry about airplane air, but in reality, it is well filtered. A little recognized source of contamination is lurking in the security line. What's …

    By: Joe Graedon April 19, 2018 4 Comments
    Overdosing on Acetaminophen in Cold and Flu Reme…

    Many over-the-counter medicines marketed for treating colds and flu contain acetaminophen (paracetamol in Europe, Australia and New Zealand). This non-aspirin pain reliever helps lower fever. Acetamin…

    By: Terry Graedon March 22, 2018 8 Comments
    Will You Catch a Cold on Your Next Flight?

    Are you likely to catch a cold, the flu or some other infectious disease when you get on an airplane? A lot of people believe that the close quarters in the cabin make it very easy to pick up a bug. H…

    By: Terry Graedon March 8, 2018 2 Comments
    Extra Summer Sunshine Makes for Milder Flu Seaso…

    Extra end-of-summer sunshine might mitigate the flu season that follows, according to a new study (National Bureau of Economic Research, Feb., 2018). Scientists found that when a state gets 10 percent…

    By: Joe Graedon March 5, 2018 29 Comments
    Will Wearing a Face Mask Protect Against the Flu…

    Every year public health officials encourage people to do two things to reduce the risk of catching the flu. 1) Get a flu shot. 2) Wash your hands! We rarely, if ever, see or hear messages about weari…

    By: Joe Graedon February 19, 2018 43 Comments
    Flu Myths and Misconceptions about the Vaccine

    People are still suffering from the flu. Many are understandably worried sick, especially for their children. That's because there are reports almost every day about additional deaths from this year's…

    By: Terry Graedon February 15, 2018 3 Comments
    Why People with Flu Should Stay Home from Work

    The CDC urges everyone who comes down with flu symptoms like coughs, fever and muscle aches to stay home from work. Ideally, they would stay at home and away from other people who might catch the infe…

    By: Terry Graedon February 12, 2018 25 Comments
    Can Kefir Help You Recover from an Infection?

    Have you been looking for a way to boost your immune system? Especially during the season when colds and flu are rampant, many people would like to know how to recover from an infection more readily. …

    By: Joe Graedon February 1, 2018 34 Comments
    Why Does the Flu Kill So Many Healthy People?

    Influenza continues to make millions of people sick around the country. There have been way too many deaths. Clearly, this year’s influenza epidemic caught health professionals by surprise, even tho…

    By: Joe Graedon January 29, 2018 25 Comments
    Oseltamivir | Tamiflu Did Not Work. What Went Wr…

    The influenza epidemic that is sweeping North America has a lot of people freaked out. And with good reason. Headlines have reported “Killer flu.” There is a growing tally of deaths from this year…

    By: Joe Graedon January 18, 2018 19 Comments
    Will The Influenza Vaccine Protect You from Flu&…

    This year’s flu epidemic is stretching hospitals to the limit. Every state is affected. Here is a link to the most recent map from the CDC (Jan 6, 2018). You will note that all states are reporting …

    By: Terry Graedon January 10, 2018 16 Comments
    Is the Flu Worse Than Usual This Year?

    This year, the flu season may be shaping up to be worse than usual. In California, health officials estimate that this may be the most severe season in a decade. What could make the flu worse? Which F…

    By: Joe Graedon January 8, 2018 28 Comments
    Should You Worry About Germs on Your Coffee Cup …

    Do you pay attention when you visit your local coffee shop? Can you observe the person who fills your mug or places the lid on your paper cup? Does that person wear disposable gloves? We are constantl…

    By: Joe Graedon December 25, 2017 29 Comments
    What Can You Do When the Flu Shot Doesn’t …

    The public health messages have been going out fast and furious: Get Your Flu Shot Now! The media is spreading the word. Here is just a sampling: "Connecticut Health Officials Urge People to Get a Flu…

    By: Terry Graedon December 14, 2017 3 Comments
    Is Man Flu Really a Thing?

    "Man flu" is a derogatory term that some people (women, mostly) use to describe a fellow suffering with sniffles, congestion and a cough. It implies that men can be wimps when they come down with any …

    By: Joe Graedon December 11, 2017 25 Comments
    Does Tamiflu Speed Recovery from Influenza? What…

    The CDC has made it official. The flu is back! Preliminary reports suggest that it could be a bad year for influenza. The CDC has reported higher case reports than usual at this time of year. At the m…

    By: Terry Graedon December 7, 2017 15 Comments
    Will the Flu Shot Protect You from Influenza Thi…

    Have you been vaccinated against the flu this year? Will the flu shot protect you from getting influenza? We won’t be able to answer that question for several months. That’s because it takes the C…

    By: Terry Graedon October 19, 2017 3 Comments
    Flu Shots Fail to Protect Kids with Leukemia

    This is the time of year when everyone is supposed to get a flu shot. The vaccination is supposed to protect people who are particularly vulnerable to influenza. Kids with leukemia fit into that categ…

    By: Terry Graedon October 12, 2017 9 Comments
    Will the Coming Flu Season Be Vicious?

    Experts are warning that the coming flu season could be a doozy. That's because Australia is just wrapping up their winter with a dreadful influenza experience. Compared to last year, there were far m…

    By: Joe Graedon October 2, 2017 56 Comments
    Should You Be Rushing To Get Your Flu Shot?

    The full court press is on again to get your vaccination against influenza. This happens like clockwork. In the spring the swallows come back to Capistrano. In the fall we see public service announcem…

    By: Joe Graedon August 10, 2017 4 Comments
    Not All Flu Shots Are Created Equal

    How effective are flu shots? The influenza virus changes from year to year, and consequently the vaccine must change as well to keep up. This means that experts need to study vaccination effectiveness…

    By: Terry Graedon February 27, 2017 7 Comments
    Will Vitamin D Supplements Really Protect You fr…

    Avoiding colds and flu is challenging. Physicians will tell you that vaccination is the only protection against influenza. Frequent hand washing is the other standard recommendation. Unfortunately, im…

    By: Joe Graedon February 16, 2017 10 Comments
    Is Vitamin D Good for Colds? Will it Battle the …

    Grandmothers in Scandinavia have been forcing children to swallow cod liver oil for hundreds of years. They knew it acted as a tonic in the winter to keep colds and other upper respiratory tract infec…

    By: Terry Graedon January 16, 2017 2 Comments
    Tamiflu to Help You Recover from the Flu

    When flu season arrives each year, people start to pay extra attention to hand hygiene and getting enough sleep. Those tactics can be helpful, but they are far from perfect for preventing an influenza…

    By: Terry Graedon November 22, 2016 4 Comments
    Are You Vulnerable to This Year’s Flu?

    Flu season is starting slowly this year, and we don't yet know how it will play out. What strains will be most prominent in this year's flu? Before long, however, people will probably be suffering fev…

    By: Terry Graedon October 24, 2016 64 Comments
    Did a Flu Shot Cause Severe Shoulder Pain?

    Before flu season starts, we are all urged to be vaccinated against influenza. The flu shot is not supposed to have serious side effects, and it is seen as the best public health measure for protectin…

    By: Joe Graedon September 8, 2016 6 Comments
    What Happened to the FluMist Nasal Spray Vaccine…

    Now that it is almost fall, it is time to start thinking about flu shots. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, all children older than six months of age should get shots this year and bypa…

    By: Terry Graedon February 1, 2016 24 Comments
    Do You Have to Finish All Your Tamiflu?

    The focus on vaccines to prevent influenza sometimes overshadows antiviral drug treatment such as Tamiflu. Antivirals have actually been available for decades, but they haven't had much press. Part …

    By: Terry Graedon December 17, 2015 0 Comments
    Study Says Acetaminophen Is No Good Against Flu

    Many over-the-counter cold and flu medicines contain acetaminophen, better known as the active ingredient in Tylenol. (In English-speaking countries outside North America, this medication is known as …

    By: Terry Graedon December 14, 2015 3 Comments
    Vicks on the Soles of the Feet Eased Horrible Co…

    In this season of colds and flu, a lot of people are troubled with persistent coughing. Although many expect that once the cold goes away, the cough will vanish as well, it can take several weeks long…

    By: Joe Graedon November 9, 2015 17 Comments
    Will the Flu Shot Work Better This Year or Will …

    The drumbeat from public health officials to "get your flu shot" is approaching fever pitch. That's because influenza season is right around the corner. With holiday travel only a few weeks away, it i…

    By: Joe Graedon October 29, 2015 7 Comments
    Do Statins Screw Up Flu Vaccine Effectiveness?

    Two articles in the Journal of Infectious Diseases suggest that statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs may impair the effectiveness of the influenza vaccine. Impact of Statins on Influenza Vaccine Eff…

    By: Joe Graedon October 29, 2015 72 Comments
    Is My Lasting Shoulder Pain Due to the Flu Shot?

    It is hard for the FDA or the CDC to admit that there is ever a problem with the influenza vaccine. Every year about this time there is a huge campaign to encourage virtually every American to get a f…

    By: Joe Graedon October 22, 2015 5 Comments
    Flu Medicines Make Sense for People at High Risk…

    Flu season is right around the corner. Should you get your vaccine now? Flu Shots Have Been Disappointing: Most people are encouraged to get a flu shot to reduce their likelihood of developing influen…