| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I'm 28 and healthy. I've never gotten a flu shot and have never had the flu. Do I really need a flu vaccination? My employer is recommending it for everyone, but I'm hesitant. I've heard some people get sick from the actual vaccination....
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
A flu shot may not be enough; you may be ready for other vaccinations.
With autumn approaching, it's time to review your vaccinations and see if you need any updates. Here are the shots to consider:
- Influenza: Soon it will be time to get your annual...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 1:05 AM
Doctors, pharmacies and walk-in medical centers now offer more vaccinations than just the standard flu shot. People have the opportunity to get vaccinated against chickenpox as well as an offshoot of that illness known as shingles. But is the shingles...
| Aug 18, 2013
| 9:00 PM
"The capacity to blunder slightly is the real marvel of DNA. Without this special attribute, we would still be anaerobic bacteria and there would be no music."
— Lewis Thomas
BETHESDA, Md. — The pedigree of human beings, Thomas wrote,...
| Aug 12, 2013
| 11:17 AM
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Public health officials and doctors who worry that not enough Michigan children are immunized against diseases must combat a trend not helpful to their cause: More parents are simply refusing to get their kids vaccinated....
| Sep 2, 2013
| 6:28 PM
What’s the best way to protect yourself and others from influenza? Medical professionals say getting a flu shot could save your life and others.
The debate wages on whether or not getting the shot helps to fight the flu.
According to the CDC, it...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 6:38 PM
For years, the Allentown Health Bureau would take anyone at its flu clinics — insured, uninsured, city resident, out-of-towner — because the overriding goal was to get as many people as possible vaccinated.
As the 2013-14 flu season looms,...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 4:51 PM
"The capacity to blunder slightly is the real marvel of DNA. Without this special attribute, we would still be anaerobic bacteria and there would be no music." — Lewis Thomas
The pedigree of human beings, Thomas wrote, probably traces to a...
| Jun 15, 2013
We all know that every day, people in Mexico come across the border in pursuit of something they can't find in their country. What you may not know is that every day, people in the United States go across the border to Mexico for the same reason. They...
| Apr 29, 2013
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April 29, 2013
Q: My 5-year-old daughter just had her adenoids and tonsils removed because of snoring...
| Jan 15, 2013
The latest flu epidemic has many people in a near-panic. But it's important to know the difference between fact and fiction when it comes to fighting the influenza virus.
"This is one of the worst flu seasons we've seen in Illinois in about a decade,"...
| Jan 16, 2013
A crowded Chicago cafe. Customers sit elbow to elbow.
A man coughs.
I turn my head toward the hacker. So do several others. Our eyes aim for him like bullets.
Kill the germ spitter!
The man ignores our glares, returns to studying his laptop...