High flu rate continues to put pressure on GPs
GP practices are continuing to face high rates of consultations for flu, official NHS data confirm.
Flu vaccinations may become painless again. A US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee voted Wednesday to recommend, once again, that FluMist, the nasal spray version of the influenza vaccine, be used during the 2018-19 season.
Conclusion We comprehensively investigated the evolutionary history of Taiwanese strains in 1979–2017. An epidemic caution could thus be raised if genetic diversity was found to have peaked. An example showed a newly-discovered cluster in 2016–2017 strains featuring a mutation N31S together with HA-160 quasispecies. Phylogeographic analysis, moreover, provided useful insights in tracing the possible source and migrations of these epidemics around the world. We demonstrated that Asian destinations including Taiwan were the immediate followers, while U.S. continent was predicted the origin of two summer epidemics in 2007 and 2009.
(Reuters Health) - Infants are much less likely to get influenza or whooping cough when their mothers were vaccinated against these infections during pregnancy, and a new study suggests this doesn ’t pose a safety risk for babies.
Follow me on Twitter @RobShmerling Ever wonder what other people are wondering about? I know I do. So, here are the top 10 health searches in Google for 2017. And just so you don’t have to look each one up, I’ve provided a brief answer. You’re welcome. 1. What causes hiccups? I was surprised this one made it to the top 10 list of health searches. Maybe this search is common because hiccups are as mysterious as they are universal. I’ve written about hiccups before, but let’s just say the cause in any individual person is rarely known or knowable. Then again, the reason hiccups stop is als...
2 days ago ... by Michael Hedges, AARP Bulletin, March 2018|Comments: 0. influenza virus. BSIP/UIG via Getty Images. Bugs known as adenoviruses can cause symptoms similar to influenza: fever, headache, body aches and breathing problems. A virus that mimics the symptoms of the flu and may be just as dangerous ...
Vaccine-induced antigen-specific regulatory T cells attenuate the antiviral immunity against acute influenza virus infection, Published online: 21 February 2018; doi:10.1038/s41385-018-0004-9Vaccine-induced antigen-specific regulatory T cells attenuate the antiviral immunity against acute influenza virus infection
Seasonal influenza is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality contributing to>200,000 hospitalizations and up to 50,000 deaths annually in the United States alone . Diagnostics are frequently challenged by circulating influenza strains and debates over the ideal test(s) for suspected influenza cases are long standing [2,3]. Balancing needs for rapid, sensitive, cost-effective testing is difficult. Reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) is acknowledged as gold-standard testing for influenza because many enzyme immune-assays (EIA) lack sensitivity .
A flu shot is recommended for every person older than 6 months in the United States, even though the CDC reported on Thursday that this year's vaccine is only 25 percent effective against H3N2 influenza, the cause of most illness so far this season.