Flu season

Staying healthy during cold and flu season

Cold weather is here, and so is cold and flu season. Most of the time, you just have until a cold or flu runs its course, but not always. We talked to Dr. Nicholas Genes, associate professor of emergency medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai to find out where to go when, and why...

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 11:26am

Health officials urge flu-riddled New Yorkers to stay home

The day after an 8-year-old girl from Queens died from flu-related symptoms during the state’s worst flu season in more than a decade, New York City health officials urged residents to get flu shots — and stay home if they are sick. “If you are sick with the flu, avoid contact...

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 4:44pm

Getting the flu can increase risk of heart attack

The latest frightening news about the flu is here: According to a new study, being stricken with the virus can increase the risk of heart attack.  The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, finds that patients are six times more likely to suffer cardiac arrest within seven...

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 1:00pm

Flu shot not so effective this year

We have some bad news if you’re one of the people who opted for a flu shot this year: It might not actually keep you from getting the flu. "It's just one of those years where the CDC is seeing that this strain of flu is only somewhat covered by the vaccine," Jennifer Radtke,...

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 - 3:07pm

Ward off winter's nasty bugs with these easy steps

You see the date on the calendar. You feel the temperature drop and watch the sun set ridiculously early. You hear fellow commuters sniffling on the train. Your immune system quivers at the very notion of cold and flu season, but getting sick doesn’t have to be inevitable. Boost your immunity...

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 7:32pm

Flu vaccine missed the mark badly this season

The Centers for Disease Control have determined just how off this year’s batch of flu vaccines was, with more than three-quarters of Americans who got the shot still at risk of getting the virus anyway, given a mismatch between the flu strains covered by the shot and those actually causing illness...

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 3:56am

Boston announces first flu death of 2014-2015 season

A Boston man in his twenties with underlying health conditions is the first person to die this flu season due to complications from the influenza virus,the Boston Public Health Commission said Friday.Since the beginning of October, there have been 122 reported cases of influenza in Boston,...

Friday, January 9, 2015 - 10:31pm

City grapples with ongoing cold snap

A brutal cold snap has Philadelphia in its icy fist, and won’t be letting the city go anytime soon.“I hate it, I hate the cold,” said Regina Palkon, while waiting for a bus home from Center City. Palkon also keeps her home heated all day to keep her dog warm, she said.“It’s cold as s---!” said...

Friday, January 9, 2015 - 4:49am

Flu hitting earlier, harder than previous years, experts say

An influenza epidemic is sweeping the nation, with more cases and hospitalizations this year, and a less effective vaccine for the strain.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent numbers, 43 states have high or widespread outbreaks, including Pennsylvania.“It is...

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 5:24am

Flu hitting earlier, harder than previous years, experts say

An influenza epidemic is sweeping the nation, with more cases and hospitalizations this year, and a less effective vaccine for the strain.The virus is characterized as “widespread” in New York State, with flu activity reported in all five boroughs and 54 counties, according to the New York State...

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 3:39am

Boston can expect flu uptick to continue, experts say

An influenza epidemic is sweeping the nation, with more cases and hospitalizations this year, and a less effective vaccine for the strain.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say 43 states, including Massachusetts, have high or widespread outbreaks. Flu-like symptoms accounted for nearly...

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 3:01am

All of New York City is sick and there is a map to prove it

Have you been experiencing cold and flu-like symptoms recently? Does it seem like the entire subway car is filled with germy people who seem to be sneezing and coughing on you? Is your entire office sniffling and sneezing?In case you’re wondering, the flu is taking over the city and if you’re one...

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 1:36am