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  • Is the flu really more dangerous to Americans than Ebola? It depends.

    A common meme to have emerged from concerns about Ebola virus in the United States is for people to “go get a flu shot,” the idea being that the people worry too much about a disease that is of little threat to them (Ebola) and not enough...
  • More Marylanders seek flu shots amid Ebola outbreak

    More Marylanders seek flu shots amid Ebola outbreak
    Call it the Ebola effect. A lot more Marylanders are volunteering for that shot in the arm that may protect them from the flu this year. Flu vaccinations were up about 30 percent in September around the state to more than 95,000, according to early data...
  • Flu shots are more vital than ever

    Flu shots are more vital than ever
    The Baltimore Sun has published a number of excellent pieces on the risk of Ebola versus influenza ("Ebola is no Spanish Flu," Oct. 17). One aspect that has yet to be mentioned is the risk to the segments of our population that can be even more...
  • Panic, not Ebola, is biggest enemy, civic and health leaders say

    There have been no confirmed cases of Ebola so far in Southern California, but anxiety over the disease has taken root. On Friday morning, health officials in Ventura County quelled rumors of a potential Ebola patient in Thousand Oaks. The patient did...
  • How does the flu vaccine work?

    How does the flu vaccine work?
    There are several kinds of flu vaccine available this year, but the main flu viruses are expected to be the same as last year's: two influenza A viruses (H1N1 and H3N2) and an influenza B virus. Some vaccines protect against a fourth virus, which is an...
  • Ebola in headlines, but flu is bigger worry

    Ebola in headlines, but flu is bigger worry
    Ebola has grabbed national headlines in recent weeks, but it's the time of year when people should be more worried about the flu. Though Ebola's risk to the general public is low, "we shouldn't forget that there are many viruses that cause illnesses...
  • 1918 influenza epidemic struck hard, fast

     1918 influenza epidemic struck hard, fast
    The photos showed a nurse, a hospital worker and a street sweeper wearing face masks. The story reported how a rapidly spreading disease was overtaxing the city's and nation's hospitals, doctors and nurses. Published in the Tribune 96 years ago this...
  • Ebola is no Spanish Flu [Commentary]

    Ebola is no Spanish Flu [Commentary]
    The recent death of Thomas Eric Duncan, the 42-year-old who traveled to Dallas from disease-ravaged Liberia while infected with the Ebola virus, along with the confirmed infection of two of Duncan's nurses, has created widespread concern that an...
  • We fear Ebola, but we should fear influenza [Commentary]

    We fear Ebola, but we should fear influenza [Commentary]
    In the last few weeks we've heard a lot about the Ebola epidemic and work to contain its spread and potentially tragic consequences. But influenza is a preventable infectious disease that represents a much greater risk to the health of Marylanders....
  • First case of flu reported in Maryland

    First case of flu reported in Maryland
    State health officials confirmed Thursday this season's first flu case. An Eastern Shore adult was hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza and later released, according to the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The strain was A...
  • Consumer Reports: Five ways to fight the flu this year

    The symptoms come on fast and strong: muscle aches and pain, fever, headaches and exhaustion. The flu can knock you out for weeks, warns Consumer Reports — and that's if you're a healthy young adult. For the young, the old and those with weak...