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Do UV air purifiers reduce the risk of being infected by the common cold or the flu?

I've seen several manufacturers make the claim that UV-C air purifiers can prevent the common cold and flu - primarily due to the destruction of viruses. (The ones that only purify air by filtering ...
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Do people with flu shots shed the influenza virus more than those who aren't vaccinated?

This 2018 Collective Evolution article claims: Once recent study, however, did bother to look at the question of whether the vaccine prevents transmission. Published on January 18, 2018, in the ...
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Did the 2008-9 flu shot increase the risk of getting the H1N1 flu?

In this 2018 letter to the British Medical Journal, a retired pediatrician claimed that In any discussion of influenza epidemiology we should acknowledge the careful and steady (one could even say ...
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Can the flu shot cause the flu?

I've heard in many places that you can catch the flu from the flu shot. This is in contrast to most other vaccines for some technical reason. I read on Gizmodo today that: The flu shot does not, ...
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Did some people in New York in 1918 board a subway feeling healthy and then die from the flu during the subway ride?

We can read here: In New York there were accounts of people feeling perfectly healthy when they boarded the subway in Coney Island and being taken off dead when they reached Columbus Circle.
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Are flu shots harmful because they may contain antibiotics?

A webpage on Natural News claims that it is a bad idea to get a flu shot because certain flu shots contain antibiotics. It says: The flu vaccines contain antibiotics such as neomycin, polymyxin B ...
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Does inhaling steam from fresh-boiled potatoes help with a cold/flu cough or congestion?

Growing up in Russia, almost everyone I knew used this remedy. Here's Internet example. Fortunately, half an hour is just enough time for you to boil a big pot of potatoes. Remove them from the ...
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Does raising your body's temperature help cure flu?

I was discussing with a team mate on how to cure the (common) flu virus. We had a disagreement about the body temperature effect. Con: Some argued that it's better to lower temperature, as it is a ...
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Do cold baths prevent flu?

A coworker of mine said that he never get any flu because he takes cold baths. I found this (very pseudoscientific-like) link defending this theory: https://ownyourhealth.wordpress.com/2007/09/20/...
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Does taking flu vaccinations annually reduce their effectiveness?

A friend of mine tried to say that people shouldn't take vaccines because people who receive flu vaccines year after year can sometimes show reduced protection. This effect has been dubbed the "...
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Does sweating help to cure the flu

Many people advise you to put some warm clothes on, get under the blankets and sweat a lot to help cure flu/fever. On one hand there is a lot of opinion on the Internet saying that it does not work, ...
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Can triple antibiotic ointment in the nostrils prevent flu?

I've seen this claim on Facebook a few times recently (it has 116k shares right now): I was just reminded of a TIP for avoiding the flu when I worked in the hospitals many years ago. Swab inside ...
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Does zinc help with colds and flus? [closed]

This question doesn't duplicate the more limited one on Zicam; I ask here about zinc in general. No: Mayo Clinic (from which I quote below) and WebMD are skeptical. Since then, research has ...
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Flu vaccination opponent attempts to assess effectiveness rather than efficacy [closed]

The following post was given to me on Facebook. I could use some help sifting some of it. I do not promote the use of a flu vaccine. But it's not because "the mercury" or "the formaldehyde," but ...
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Did 25 people die because of H1N1 vaccine of 1976?

From Wikipedia: The 1976 swine flu outbreak, also known as the swine flu fiasco, or the swine flu debacle, was a strain of H1N1 influenza virus that appeared in 1976. Infections were only ...
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Were flu vaccines 9% effective for the elderly in 2013?

I recently saw this video featuring Robert Scott Bell, where he basically says that the flu shot is not terribly effective. Under the video is this description, in part: Reports in 2013 state that ...
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Is cinnamon an effective method to relieve the symptoms of the flu?

This article mentions that cinnamon is used to treat flu symptoms. Is there scientific evidence it would be an effective method to treat the flu symptoms?
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If a healthy person passionately kisses (i.e. makes out with) a person with the flu, can it be assumed that they're sick?

There are different strains and each person has a different immune system, but often I hear phrases like "Oh well, we already kissed, so I'm probably already sick". How faulty (if at all) is this ...
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Do disposable face masks prevent or significantly reduce the spread of disease?

Our local Pediatrician's office and General Practitioner's office both have a policy of giving a disposable face mask to each patient or visitor who has a noticeable cough or runny nose, and insist ...
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Does gargling salt water reduce incidence of flu?

Many of the more dubious health sites promote gargling salt water (or peroxide) and swabbing the nasal cavity as a 'natural' prevention for catching the 'flu. Is there any science behind this? I ...
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How reliable is the research behind the flu-vaccine?

There is significant noise claiming that flu shots are largely ineffective, especially against new strains of the flu (see, for example, this site). Both the arguments for, and against, flu shots, ...