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Touching door handles, sharing toilets and shaking hands can easily spread the flu virus, especially at a time when hundreds of thousands of people travel to the District for the presidential inauguration this weekend.
For a long time, the conventional wisdom was that the cold weather was to blame for the rise in heart-related deaths during the winter, but recent research shows that is not necessarily the case.
The flu season this year has been a deadly one, with 18 children who have already died from influenza-related illness since its beginning.
An early start to the flu season and a strain that has caused more severe cases in past years is setting the region up for a nasty flu season.
Intricate tracking models have become a huge asset in forecasting the weather and now, scientists are using similar technology to predict flu outbreaks.
Avoiding the common cold or flu this winter season may be easier than previously thought.