Fox News – CDC urges adults to get the flu shot amid declining vaccination rates
Health officials are urging Americans not to delay getting their flu shot after vaccination rates fell by 1.5 percentage points from 2014 to 2015. In a media briefing Thursday morning, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Dr. Tom Frieden stressed that not getting vaccinated can be deadly. “Getting a flu vaccine is important for all of us, for our own protection and for the protection of those around us who may be more vulnerable to flu, such as young children, people with certain chronic health conditions and the elderly,” Frieden said during the press conference, which was held with the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID).

NBC News – Zika might spread in sweat and tears, doctors warn
The Zika virus may spread in sweat and tears in some cases, doctors cautioned Thursday. The case of a Utah man who infected his adult son before he died leaves no other alternatives, the team at the University of Utah School of Medicine said. And — more bad news — the 73-year-old patient who died really was not very sick before he caught Zika, which suggests that the virus can occasionally kill people who are not frail and ill.

Boston Globe – Most Americans believe prescription drug prices are unreasonable
Roughly 8 in 10 Americans believe that prices for prescription drugs are unreasonable and support various ideas to lower costs, such as allowing Medicare to negotiate with drug makers and enforcing price caps on high-priced medicines for certain illnesses such as cancer, according to a poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Moreover, two-thirds are in favor of creating an independent group to oversee prices, 71 percent believe they should be able to import medicines from Canada, and nearly 9 in 10 support the notion that drug makers should be required to disclose information on how prices are set.

Chicago Tribune – Harken to exit Illinois Obamacare exchange
Harken Health is abandoning the state’s Obamacare health insurance marketplace. Harken, a subsidiary of UnitedHealthcare, said Thursday it will not offer plans on the exchange next year. Insurers Aetna, UnitedHealthcare and Land of Lincoln already have announced they won’t offer plans on the exchange next year.