Less than 27% of adults 18-49 got a flu shot in the 2017-2018 season. What might sway them towards personal responsibility: virtual reality. Researcher Glen Nowak evaluated impacts of a 5-minute VR experience in which “vaccine-avoidant” participants were immersed in…

Predicting what fast-mutating influenza viruses will do is never easy, but the evidence so far indicates that North America should brace for a bad year. Flu season, which can start as early as October and typically peaks in January or February, kills between 12,000 and 79,…

The next pandemic is not a question of if, but when—and the world is woefully unprepared, according to the first annual report from the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board.

Poor conditions at US border facilities increase the risk of spreading infectious diseases like the flu, physicians warned this morning in a letter urging Congress to investigate the deaths of 6 children in US custody. Noting that flu played a role in at least 3 deaths,…

Marking the 10th anniversary of the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute, Ilona Kickbusch and Andrew Cassels take stock of the past 2 decades of global health disruptors. This era has brought an understanding that global governance is rooted in “interconnected…

Flu-related deaths topped 80,000 in the US last winter, but “people still discount their risks of disease” writes Heidi J. Larson. The vaccine mistrust looks set to spur the next pandemic, undermining the available preventive measures. As director of the Vaccine Confidence…

Passengers who fell ill on an Emirates flight from Dubai are thought to have the flu, AP reports.

From quit-smoking campaigns, to safer cars, to vaccines that stamped out polio and smallpox and are now tackling HPV and the flu, public health interventions are worth the money.

Medical advances have made many complacent about seasonal flu—and that is a mistake, writes historian John M. Barry.   The 1918 flu pandemic response was riddled with mass misdiagnoses, misinformation and officials undermining the situation–all still possible now. Likely…

When flu vaccine supplies are limited, Chicago should prioritize vaccinating groups at high risk for flu complications, regardless of age, say Virginia Tech researchers, based on their study of past influenza pandemics in the city.