The early flu season has turned severe in some parts of the country, stretching health care providers and drug supplies.
According to the latest numbers from the CDC, there's now widespread flu activity in 41 states. New York City and 29 states are reporting a high number of cases of flu-like illness.
So far this flu season, 2,257 people have been hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed flu. Eighteen children have died.
The number of deaths attributed to both pneumonia and the flu is still below epidemic levels.Read More
Just how long should that pesky cough last?
The answer, according to most doctors, is close to 18 days. Yet many people with a cough get antsy after about five to nine days, a new study shows.
"Coughs last for longer than we think they do," says researcher Mark H. Ebell, MD, a family doctor at the University of Georgia in Athens. "People think it should be over in a little over a week, but the reality is that a cough is more likely to last two weeks."Read More