Questions tagged [flu]

for questions about claims based on the influenza virus (e.g. H1N1) and its cures.

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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, ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...