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Now Scientists Are Warning About a Scary New Flu Virus

Virus can be transmitted from pigs to humans, but scientists worry it will mutate further

(Newser) - The year 2020 really is the gift that keeps on giving: Now researchers are warning that an influenza virus with the potential to become a pandemic has been discovered in China. Called G4 EA H1N1, the flu virus is carried by pigs but has already been transmitted to a small... More »

For 101-Year-Old Virus Patient, a 'Truly Extraordinary' Recovery

'Mr. P' was born in 1919, during the Spanish flu pandemic

(Newser) - The New York Post is calling him a "living marvel," while Forbes deems his case "miraculous." At the very least, a 101-year-old Italian man is making headlines after being released from the hospital after recovering from the coronavirus. CNN reports that "Mr. P" was admitted... More »

Her Mom Thought She Had a Cold. Then She Lost Her Sight

Jade DeLucia can now see again after a frightening bout with the flu

(Newser) - It's been a traumatic couple of months for the family of Jade DeLucia, but the news has been getting better. Per KCRG , the Iowa 4-year-old started feeling sick in the days before Christmas, but mom Amanda Phillips thought she just had a cold. Then, on Christmas Eve, Jade was... More »

Swabs Reveal Clue in Migrant Boy's Death

Felipe Gómez Alonzo had the flu: medical investigator

(Newser) - The 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in US custody on Christmas Eve had the flu, according to the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator. "Results of nasal and lung swabs have tested positive for influenza B," though "determining an accurate cause of death requires further evaluation,... 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 »

Unvaccinated Child Is First Death of Flu Season

Death should be a 'wake-up call,' experts say

(Newser) - An unvaccinated child in Florida has become the first death of flu season, officials say. The child, whose age and hometown has not been disclosed, died between Sept. 30 and Oct. 6 of influenza B, ABC reports. Officials say the child was otherwise healthy, with no underlying conditions. According to... More »

Passengers on 2 Flights to Philadelphia Fall Ill

250 were held for medical review

(Newser) - There was a health scare at Philadelphia International Airport Thursday after two separate American Airlines flights from Europe arrived with sick passengers—the day after an Emirates plane was quarantined at JFK because of passenger illness. The Philadelphia flights arrived from Munich and Paris but as with the Emirates flight,... 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 »

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