Latest Flu News

It's flu vaccine time and seniors need revved-up shots

Oct. 03, 2022 08:55 AM EDT

Doctors have a message for vaccine-weary Americans: Don’t skip your flu shot this fall -- and seniors, ask for a special extra-strength kind. After flu hit historically low levels during the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be poised for a comeback. The main clue: A nasty flu season just...

Vegas attraction closed after 3rd dolphin death in 5 months

Sep. 27, 2022 14:13 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A dolphin habitat at a hotel on the Las Vegas Strip has been temporarily closed after the third mammal death at the attraction in five months. Officials at the Mirage Secret Garden and Habitat said an 11-year-old bottlenose dolphin named K2 died Saturday. ...

Bird flu forces egg farm to euthanize 3 million chickens

Sep. 07, 2022 15:38 PM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An outbreak of bird flu that has led to the deaths of 43 million chickens and turkeys this year across the U.S. has been found at a giant egg-laying operation in Ohio, state and federal agriculture officials said Wednesday. The case confirmed over the weekend in...

Health officials: Get updated COVID-19 booster, flu shot

Sep. 07, 2022 15:24 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Health officials in Washington’s most populous county are urging people to get the new COVID-19 booster. Public Health – Seattle & King County’s health officer Dr. Jeff Duchin said in a briefing Tuesday that even people who have had a booster shot should...

EXPLAINER: Is COVID-19 winding down? Scientists say no.

Sep. 06, 2022 14:35 PM EDT

Is the coronavirus on its way out? You might think so. New, updated booster shots are being rolled out to better protect against the variants circulating now. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has dropped COVID-19 quarantine and distancing recommendations. And more...

White House: How about a COVID-19 boost with that flu shot?

Sep. 01, 2022 19:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration hopes to make getting a COVID-19 booster as routine as going in for the yearly flu shot. That’s at the heart of its campaign to sell the newly authorized shot to an American public that has widely rejected COVID-19 boosters since they...

Deadly bird flu returns to Midwest earlier than expected

Aug. 31, 2022 18:01 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Bird flu has returned to the Midwest earlier than authorities expected after a lull of several months, with the highly pathogenic disease being detected in two commercial turkey flocks in western Minnesota and a hobby flock in Indiana, officials said Wednesday. ...

Could be months before sanctuary reopens after bird flu

Aug. 30, 2022 18:37 PM EDT

It could be months before a Georgia animal sanctuary reopens after being closed by bird flu that killed wild vultures roosting there, part of an outbreak that has led to 40.3 million deaths in commercial and backyard flocks nationwide. A note on the Noah’s Ark website Tuesday said...

North Korea says new fever cases were flu, not COVID-19

Aug. 25, 2022 20:36 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Friday said the latest fever cases detected in its border region with China were tested to be influenza, not coronavirus infections as initially feared. The report by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency came a day after the...

Bird flu kills 700 black vultures, closes animal sanctuary

Aug. 23, 2022 15:18 PM EDT

LOCUST GROVE, Ga. (AP) — Bird flu has killed hundreds of wild black vultures at a Georgia sanctuary that houses more than 1,500 other animals. No other birds at Noah's Ark have tested positive for or shown symptoms of the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain, sanctuary officials told news...