More winter health misery as the flu season kicks off

More winter health misery as the flu season kicks off, with schoolchildren worst affected Cases highest in children aged five to 14, says Health Protection AgencyNorth East England appears to be worst affected area of the country Doctors given the green light to prescribe antivirals to those who need themThose in at-risk groups yet to be vaccinated are urged to have flu jab | UPDATED: 10:07 GMT, 21 December 2012 The winter flu season has kicked off, parents have been warned, after an increase in the number of school children falling ill with the infection The flu season has begun, parents have been warned, after an increase in the number of children aged five to 14 falling ill.

Millions of pet lovers warned: You could pass flu on to Fido

Millions of pet lovers warned: You could pass flu on to Fido! A total of 13 cats and one dog in the U.S are believed to have caught the H1N1 virus in 2011 and 2012 from their owners Researchers say there needs to be greater awareness of the phenomenon | UPDATED: 15:01 GMT, 4 October 2012 Pet owners have been warned next time they have the flu, they may not just pass it on to friends and family – they might also infect their animals.

An end to the flu? Oral spray "kills 99.9% of infectious airborne germs"

An end to the flu Oral spray 'kills 99.9% of infectious airborne germs' Halo Oral Antiseptic has been found to be 99.9 per cent effective in killing infectious airborne germsSpray protects from any germs breathed in for six hours | UPDATED: 12:01 GMT, 10 September 2012 The influenza season is a thorn in the side of both employees and employers alike.

"Super antibody" could cure flu with a single jab

'Super antibody' could cure flu with a single jab Antibody CR9114protected mice against two strains of influenza B and also fought off strains of influenza A | UPDATED: 17:00 GMT, 9 August 2012 A 'super antibody' against flu has been identified by scientists offering hope of a universal jab that could wipe out the infection.

Forget bird flu seal flu could prove more deadly to humans

Forget bird flu – seal flu could prove more deadly to humans The H3N8 strain was discovered after the death of 162 New England sealsThe virus could target a protein found in human lungs causing immune system to go into overdrive and attack itselfThis would leave lungs vulnerable to pneumonia and bacterial infections | UPDATED: 09:08 GMT, 31 July 2012 Seal flu could pose a new threat to human health, scientists have warned.

Children could soon be given annual flu vaccinations at school to prevent spread of illness across all age groups

Children could soon be given annual flu vaccinations at school to prevent spread of illness across all age groups Experts advising Government say the vaccine should be given to everyone from five to 17 on the NHSVaccine will not be offered until 2014 at the earliest | UPDATED: 15:54 GMT, 29 May 2012 All children could soon be given annual flu vaccinations at school, it has emerged.

Genetic flaw discovered that turns flu into a killer

Genetic flaw that turns flu into a killer discovered Genetic test could reveal those most at risk from next influenza pandemic | UPDATED: 07:50 GMT, 26 March 2012 A genetic discovery could help explain why flu makes some people seriously ill or kills them, while others seem able to bat it away with little more than a few aches, coughs and sneezes.

Bat flu found by scientists – and it could pose a threat to humans

We've had bird flu and swine flu – now scientists have found BAT FLU (and it could pose a threat to humans) U.S health officials have found influenza in Guatemalan batsStrain could pose a risk to humans if it mingled with more common forms of fluScientists haven't yet been able to grow the new virus in chicken eggs or in human cells in a lab Scientists have found evidence of flu in bats for the first time – and warn it could pose a threat to humans.

We"ve had bird flu and swine flu – now scientists warn BAT flu on the rise

We've had bird flu and swine flu – now scientists have found BAT FLU (and it could pose a threat to humans) U.S health officials have found influenza in Guatemalan batsStrain could pose a risk to humans if it mingled with more common forms of fluScientists haven't yet been able to grow the new virus in chicken eggs or in human cells in a lab Scientists have found evidence of flu in bats for the first time – and warn it could pose a threat to humans.