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Our Saviors From the Flu Might Be ... Llamas

Scientists say their unique antibodies could lead to a universal vaccine

(Newser) - The flu season is upon us, with the usual reminders to get your shot and the usual caveat that the vaccine is just a best guess—scientists' hope that it will match up well against the strains that actually surface. Now, however, a new study suggests that the guessing game... More »

Last Flu Season Was Deadliest in Decades. This Might Be One Reason Why

Just 37.1% of adults got flu shot

(Newser) - Last winter's flu season was the deadliest since the 1970s—79,000 people died—and a report released by the CDC Thursday might explain why. Per the report, just 37.1% of adults were vaccinated last season—the lowest rate since the 2010-11 season, and a drop of 6.... More »

For the First Time in 2 Decades, a New Flu Drug Hits US

US health regulators approve Xofluza

(Newser) - US health regulators have approved the first new type of flu drug in two decades. Wednesday's approval of Xofluza for people ages 12 and older comes ahead of the brunt of this winter's flu season. Xofluza is a pill that can reduce severity and shorten duration of flu... More »

Officials Say End of This Very Long Flu Season Is in Sight

Meanwhile number of kids killed by flu this winter rises to 114

(Newser) - Seventeen children were reported killed by the flu this week, bringing the total this winter to 114, more than the past two flu seasons, USA Today reports. The CDC gave an update on the worst flu season in a decade on Friday. Most of the children who have died this... More »

13 More Kids Reported Dead From Flu

But there are signs worst flu season in decade is finally letting up

(Newser) - "It does like the peak is behind us now," CBS News quotes Dr. Dan Jernigan as saying. But the director of the CDC's Influenza Division says that doesn't mean we're out of the woods yet, warning there's still "a fair amount of... More »

Inside the 6-Day Decline of a Teacher Diagnosed With Flu

Heather Holland was prescribed a generic version of Tamiflu but was turned off by the copay

(Newser) - Another flu-related death, this one with a painful what-if: A Texas elementary school teacher who died last Sunday due to complications of the flu had been prescribed flu medication, but her husband tells the Weatherford Democrat she didn't pick it up after learning she'd incur a $116 copay.... More »

Another 22 Children Reported Dead From Flu

However there are signs horrible flu season is finally peaking

(Newser) - Another 22 children have been reported killed by the flu, and experts say that, despite signs of slowing, this flu season—the worst in a decade—is still far from over, USA Today reports. According to CNN , 84 children have died from the flu since October. That's two fewer... More »

This Year's Flu Vaccine Has Been Pretty Ineffective

CDC finds vaccine only 36% effective

(Newser) - The flu vaccine is doing a poor job protecting older Americans and others against the bug that's causing most illnesses, the AP reports. Preliminary figures released Thursday suggest the vaccine is 36% effective overall in preventing flu illness severe enough to send a patient to the doctor's office.... More »

Worst Flu Season in Decade May Get Worse Yet, CDC Warns

Another 10 kids have died

(Newser) - This flu season is a beast, and the CDC warned Friday that we aren't done yet. Another 10 children have died from the flu, bringing the total this season to 63, NBC News reports. That's still fewer than the 110 who died last flu season. But USA Today... More »

He Went in for the Flu. He Lost His Feet and Fingers

Texas dad Brian Herndon developed pneumonia as well as influenza and went into septic shock

(Newser) - "One minute you've got the flu and the next minute you're septic." That's the message from a Texas man who lost both of his feet and nearly all of his fingers after coming down last month with the illness, per WFAA . As flu season continues... More »

Flu's Worsening Shadow Blanketing US: CDC Report

Percentage of doctor visits that are flu-related highest since 2009 swine flu pandemic

(Newser) - It looks like Groundhog Day for the nation's flu report, too: It's gotten worse, and there are weeks of suffering ahead. The AP reports the government's report out Friday showed the flu season continued to intensify last week. One of every 14 visits to doctors and clinics... More »

ER Nurse Eyerolls Her Way Through Flu Rant in Video

Some say her message is 'condescending,' but she says she just wants to keep folks healthy and safe

(Newser) - It's been a tough flu season so far, which is bringing out some tough love from health care professionals. In Florida, that comes in the form of Katherine Lockler, an ER nurse in Escambia County who put out a "polarizing," finger-wagging video about flu season that has... More »

Kids, Young Moms Succumbing During Deadly Flu Season

'We probably haven't peaked yet,' one doctor warns

(Newser) - Sobering stats out of the CDC Friday show that 37 kids have perished from the respiratory illness as of last Saturday—and the flu season is on track to be one of the worst in 15 years, the Washington Post reports. Nearly 12,000 people have required hospitalization so far,... More »

CDC: Flu Has Now Killed 30 Kids

As of the week ending Jan. 13

(Newser) - The CDC's most recent report on the flu includes a grim stat that's climbing: As of the week ending Jan. 13, there have been 30 flu-associated pediatric deaths; that's up 10 from the week prior. A graphic shows that's still a much lower count than in... More »

12-Year-Old Vomited at Dinner. He Was Dead 2 Days Later

Michael Messenger may be another victim of deadly flu season

(Newser) - "I'm a mom. I'm supposed to protect my kids, and I couldn't," Jessica Decent-Doll tells WJBK . The Michigan mother says she has been left with a sense of guilt after her 12-year-old son Michael died last week just days after coming down with flu-like... More »

21-Year-Old Thought Rest Would Take Care of Flu, Died

A tragic case amid what looks to be a severe flu season

(Newser) - "I just think he ignored it," and it cost him his life, says the mother of Kyler Baughman, a 21-year-old Pennsylvania man who died days after Christmas. The cause: "Organ failure due to septic shock caused by influenza." The flu-related death is getting outsize attention in... More »

CDC: Flu Already Hitting 36 States

'Widespread' activity, with high numbers of cases in 21 of those states

(Newser) - The warnings came early that this year's flu season could be bad , and reports starting to filter in from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest that prediction may have been an accurate one. Per the CDC , public health experts from 36 states have submitted reports indicating "... More »

Flu Season Kicks Off Early— and It May Be a Nasty One

Australia's bad bout with the flu could be a sign of what's to come in US

(Newser) - If you haven't gone for a flu shot yet, you may want to hurry—the season of sickness is already upon us. The CDC's weekly flu tracker notes a wider geographic spread of the illness across the US compared with this time of year in years past. Popular ... More »

One Illness May Meet Its Match in ... Frog Mucus

South Indian amphibian has molecule in secretions that may fend off some flu strains

(Newser) - Kissing a frog may not conjure a prince, but mucus from one colorful Indian variety could one day lead to new ways to fight off the flu, the Verge reports. A study published in the journal Immunity details how scientists tested secretions from an Indian frog known as Hydrophylax bahuvistara... More »

Flu Season Near Its Peak

CDC says it's not too late to get a shot

(Newser) - The flu is marching across the US, with 40 states now reporting widespread activity. In addition, the CDC says 15 pediatric deaths have been reported across the US, seven of them in the past week, reports CNN . Hardest hit are New Jersey, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, New York, and South... More »

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