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.  

In subtropical regions, where flu viruses can circulate 8-12 months of the year, vaccinating pregnant women year round could yield dramatic health gains for mothers and and babies, according to a Nepal-based study in Lancet Infectious Diseases (paywall).  

The recent surge of H7N9 avian flu cases in humans in China has caught the attention of global public health authorities. How significant of a concern is this particular outbreak? How likely is it that this virus will wreak global havoc? In this second part of the GHN…

Predicting which fast-mutating influenza viruses will dominate the flu season more than 6 months before it happens is notoriously difficult yet the ponderous global vaccine production process demands maximum lead time. So, scientists have to take their best guess based on…