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A package of Tamiflu in a pharmacy

Terrifying map shows how the flu is quickly spreading across the US

Flu season is off to a strong start in the US, with one nasty strain in heavy circulation across the South. Drugs can make the illness shorter and milder.

5 reasons why you should absolutely get a flu shot this year

Even if you're ok with getting sick, you could spread the flu to more vulnerable people who could have a harder time fighting the infection.
An FDA laboratory worker injects an influenza virus into an egg, where it will grow before being harvested.

New guidelines say the flu shot is safe for even more people — including those with egg allergies

Health experts in the US and Canada say flu shots are now considered safe for patients with severe egg allergies, even though the vaccines are grown in eggs.
An FDA laboratory worker injects an influenza virus into an egg, where it will grow before being harvested.

This year’s flu shot is not as effective against one of the nastiest strains — but you should still get it

The flu vaccine will still protect against H1N1, but it could be a tough season for people who catch the rampant H3N2.