Australia's factory farming system is a perfect breeding ground for virulent, fatal disease, writes science writer Geoff Russell.
This year, adverse reactions occurred frequently in young children receiving the seasonal flu vaccine, which now contains a swine flu component, writes Professor Peter Collignon, an infectious diseases physician at the ANU.
We're back to the swine flu scare stories, all looking rather embarrassed in the light of day. But who really benefits from immunisation and are there greater health priorities?
The world's response to swine flu may have been a bit hysterical, and the disease may be largely innocuous, but getting vaccinated against H1N1 is still vital, says Sydney infectious diseases expert Professor Robert Booy.
Let's all raise our candles to sing along to our Crikey Christmas carols, including the classic hits 'Dickheads We Have Heard On Air' and 'Oink To The World', penned by Mel Campbell and Daniel Zugna.
The stockpiling and widespread use of antiviral drugs such as Tamiflu has been called into question by an important new review, writes Melissa Sweet.
These days consumers have access to a wealth of health information. So why would they listen to a journalist? Well, The Google doesn't know everything, writes Nick Miller. Factual analysis is worthy too.
You might be over the swine flue jokes, but Associate Professor Heath Kelly offers 12 things you may not know about the swine flu pandemic. How serious has the pandemic been?
Crikey readers weigh in on how measuring the obscenity of executive remuneration, the danger of footpaths and the South Ossetian war between Georgia and Russia.
With the national rollout of pandemic influenza vaccination beginning today, an international expert on influenza vaccination and a leading US consumer advocate have raised several questions for Australian health authorities.