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For this winter, here are the best ways to avoid COVID-19, the flu and colds

Last year, as Americans facing the threat of COVID-19 hunkered down and masked up, the flu seemed to go into hibernation. At the height of a typical flu season, up to 1 visit in 20 to emergency departments is for the illness. But during the most recent flu season, it accounted for less than 1 of every 1,000.

Flu’s return will shape the pandemic’s impact in coming months

As countries from Italy to Canada lift restrictions, travel resumes and colder temperatures set in, influenza will probably start circulating, as well. That's after measures to thwart COVID-19 such as masks and ventilation kept the flu at bay for the past year and a half.

Woman who survived 1918 flu, world war succumbs to COVID

She lived a life of adventure that spanned two continents. She fell in love with a World War II fighter pilot, barely escaped Europe ahead of Benito Mussolini’s fascists, ground steel for the U.S. war effort and advocated for her disabled daughter in a far less enlightened time. She was, her daughter said, someone who didn't make a habit of giving up.

COVID has killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 flu

COVID-19 has now killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 Spanish flu pandemic did — approximately 675,000. And like the worldwide scourge of a century ago, the coronavirus may never entirely disappear from our midst.

House Call: Prep your immune system – flu season is coming

We’ve been focused on the novel coronavirus, the delta variant and new vaccines. As the weather turns, a more familiar threat is right around the corner: influenza season. It might not sound so bad, but the flu isn’t just the sniffles. 

Idaho lieutenant governor keeps focus on vaccine mandates

BOISE — Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, acting governor with Gov. Brad Little out of the state, on Tuesday sent what she called a formal inquiry to the director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare concerning private health care businesses requiring their employees get COVID-19 vaccines.

WHO was warned lives were at risk over yanked Italy report

ROME – An author of a withdrawn World Health Organization report into Italy’s coronavirus response warned his bosses in May that people could die and the U.N. agency could suffer “catastrophic” reputational damage if it allowed political concerns to suppress the document, according to emails seen by The Associated Press.

100 years ago in Spokane: Snake oil saleswoman pitches dubious health tonic

Dr. Ralph Hendricks, the head of the city’s health department, said he had endorsed no such product. He asked people to notify his office when they encountered the woman, and if they found her they would “put her where the city furnishes the antiseptic” – that is, in the city jail.

People’s Pharmacy: Does a flu shot make sense this year?

I am healthy, on no medications, work out at least three times per week and have always been very careful about washing my hands. I seem to have a strong immune system, as I get over colds quickly. I haven’t had the flu shot in many years. Also, I have never had the flu, but I might just be lucky. My husband gets the shot every year and has not had the flu, either.