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Computer Model Forecasts a 'Very Deadly December'

Along with COVID-19, doctors are also worried about a 'twindemic' of the virus and flu

(Newser) - Dr. Anthony Fauci cautioned Thursday that Americans should prepare to "hunker down" for the fall and winter to keep COVID-19 at bay, and a new computer model is lending weight to that warning. CNN reports that the University of Washington's influential Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation forecast... 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 »

Flu Kills Graduate Student Who Tried to Call 911

Health officials assure community that Yming Shen didn't die of the coronavirus

(Newser) - After a garbled call to 911, the system was able to trace the caller to an apartment complex but not to a specific apartment. Police and firefighters searched the area for 45 minutes Monday, the Times-Union reports, but couldn't find the caller in the Troy, New York, apartments. Yeming... More »

Second Wave of Flu Is Hitting the US

It's one of the worst years in a while for kids

(Newser) - A second wave of flu is hitting the US, turning this into one of the nastiest seasons for children in a decade, per the AP . The number of child deaths and the hospitalization rate for youngsters are the highest seen at this point in any season since the severe flu... More »

FDA Has an Issue With Purell's Marketing

Wants its maker to cut down on the unproven claims regarding flu, Ebola, and more

(Newser) - If you've seen Purell's claims that Purell "kills more than 99.99% of the most common germs that may cause illness in a healthcare setting, including MRSA"—well, the FDA wishes you hadn't. In a Jan. 17 notice , it instructed Purell maker Gojo Industries to... More »

Flu Kills Boy, 11, Blinds Girl, 4

Tragic stories out of New York and Iowa

(Newser) - Two heartbreaking stories about children who contracted the flu virus are making headlines:
  • In Hamburg, New York, an 11-year-old boy died Saturday from complications of the flu. Luca Calanni first got sick early last week, and went to the doctor three days in a row before being taken to the
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This Flu Season Won't Be Fun

The CDC says 6.5 million are already sick

(Newser) - Know someone with a nasty flu? It's getting around, and could get a lot worse—even as bad as the 2017-2018 season, CNN reports. "The initial indicators indicate this is not going to be a good season—this is going to be a bad season," says Anthony... More »

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 »

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