The flu is hitting young and middle aged people in the United States particularly hard this season, as a tough flu strain re-emerged and too few people were vaccinated, health authorities said Thursday.
Doctors yesterday called for people to receive influenza vaccination injections soon as the reported cases of flu rocketed in this month.
Taiwan's top research institute has found a better way to design influenza vaccines that do not require frequent updates and annual immunizations.
Health authorities confirmed Tuesday the infection of H7N9 in a person entering Taiwan from China, the second imported infection of the virus since April.
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.