CDC: 2018-19 flu season longer than usual

Lasting 21 weeks, the 2018-19 flu season was not only the longest in a decade, it was unusually marked by two separate waves of influenza A sickness, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Thursday in a new report.

Scientists search for better flu vaccine

Between 6.2 million and 7.3 million people in the United States have developed the flu this season, according to data released Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Pediatricians: Sarah Sanders got it wrong on migrant child deaths

Four physicians -- experts in pediatrics, infectious diseases and health policy -- have a message for White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders: Contrary to what she says, it's not clear that the federal government is doing everything it can to care for children crossing the border.

Damaged lungs, degraded muscles: Why flu makes you feel so bad

Every year, from 5 to 20 percent of the people in the United States will become infected with influenza virus. An average of 200,000 of these people will require hospitalization and up to 50,000 will die. Older folks over the age of 65 are especially susceptible to influenza infection, since the immune system becomes weaker wit

Flu experts call for new vaccines, drugs, diagnostics

Though no new ground was broken at Thursday's congressional hearing about national influenza preparedness and response, several less-familiar points were underlined by officials testifying on behalf of the US Department of Health and Human Services.