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Doctors have urged children and elderly people to take quadrivalent influenza vaccines (QIV), which can protect them from all four strains of human flu.
 
Repeated warnings that antibiotics don't work for most sore throats and bronchitis have failed to stop overuse: U.S. doctors prescribed these drugs for most adults seeking treatment at a rate that remained high over more than a decade, researchers found.
 
A Chinese poultry worker was confirmed as having contracted the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus, health officials said, the first case in the southern Guangdong province.
 
A new and deadly strain of bird flu that emerged in China in February but seems to have petered out in recent months could reappear later this year when the warm season comes to an end -- and could spread internationally, scientists said on Monday.
 
Following the first reported case of human infection with the H6N1 avian influenza, any detection of the avian influenza virus with H6 suptypes will be analyzed in order to help researchers understand possible mutations of the virus, according to the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine yesterday.
 
The global death toll from the SARS-like virus MERS has risen to 33, after two new fatalities in Saudi Arabia, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.
 
Tamiflu, the frontline treatment for influenza, offers no benefit for patients if it is administered in double the normal dose, a study conducted in Southeast Asia said on Thursday.
 
A Nobel prize-winning scientist Tuesday played down "shock-horror scenarios" that a new virus strain will emerge with the potential to kill millions of people.
 
The only person in Taiwan known to be infected with the H7N9 avian flu continues to make progress and is now free of the virus, doctors said Sunday.
 
A study in England has strengthened evidence from Scandinavia that a vaccine used to prevent pandemic flu boosted the risk of sleep disorder among teens and children, doctors said on Tuesday.
 
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