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6 common flu misconceptions

Common myths about the flu may keep you from taking the necessary steps to protect yourself from the illness. Learn the truth about lowering your risk — starting with the annual flu vaccine.

Jennifer Johnson DO By Jennifer Johnson December 22, 2023

A doctor's warning about the dangers of vaping

Nicotine is addictive regardless of the delivery method, including cigarettes or electronic cigarettes. Get the ugly truth, learn the warning signs and talk to your kids about the dangers of vaping.

Graham King MD By Graham King November 15, 2023

Upper respiratory infection season has arrived

Signs of fall and winter are appearing, temperatures are cooling and cases of flu, strep throat and RSV are increasing. Read four things to know during this year's upper respiratory infection season.

October 2, 2023

At-home COVID-19 tests: What to know about expiration dates, new variants

A Mayo Clinic expert shares what you need to know about expiration dates for at-home COVID-19 tests. Find out if these tests can detect new COVID-19 variants and what to do if the test is positive.

September 20, 2023

Expert answers about new COVID-19 vaccine

The FDA approved a COVID-19 vaccine that targets current variants. A Mayo Clinic expert explains who should get this vaccine and if it can be given at the same time as the annual influenza vaccine.

September 15, 2023

Safety tips to prevent heat-related illness

Staying cool when temperatures soar can be difficult. Read why it's vital to know the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness, and get tips to prevent heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

August 23, 2023

7 tips for selecting the right health insurance plan

During open enrollment season, families have to sift through health insurance options. Here are some tips for narrowing down your choices and selecting the right plan for your family.

August 14, 2023

West Nile virus: What you need to know

A Mayo Clinic expert shares how to safeguard yourself and your loved ones from West Nile virus, mainly transmitted through mosquito bites. Learn preventive measures you can take to avoid mosquitos.

July 17, 2023

Cleaner air: Another layer of protection from airborne particles

Your lungs work hard. Having clean air helps prevent illness and reduces the transmission of airborne viruses. Here are some ideas for improving the air quality in your home.

Paul Horvath, M.D. By Paul Horvath July 6, 2023

Use caution with fireworks

Independence Day has been celebrated with firework displays since the 1770s. Find out why you need to use extreme caution while using fireworks, and pick up some safety tips.

June 23, 2023

Weigh benefits, risks carefully before taking off-label medication

How do you know if or when it's OK to use a medication off-label? Learn about possible benefits, risks and unintended consequences when an on-label use causes a spike in demand.

Sumit Bhagra MD By Sumit Bhagra February 3, 2023

What should you do if you have COVID-19 or flu?

Unsure if you have flu or COVID-19? Symptoms can be similar. Find out what to do, and how to self-manage symptoms and use the Check Symptoms tool.

Muhanad Mohamed, M.D. By Muhanad Mohamed January 30, 2023