Australia Just Had a Bad Flu Season. That May Be a Warning for the U.S.

In 2017, a terrible flu season in Australia presaged an American outbreak in which 79,000 died. Experts advise getting the shot soon.
Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Influenza Vaccination and Immunization Deaths (Fatalities) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Health and Human Services Department World Health Organization Azar, Alex M II Fitzgerald, Brenda C (1946- ) Price, Thomas E (1954- ) S Source Type: news

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Carter Roberts’ motorized wheelchair didn’t arrive until the day he died. It had been a long time coming and his parents had fought hard to get it. The chair cost more than $32,000 and the insurance companies wouldn’t cover it, so the family went to court. One insurer eventually agreed to pay for some components of the chair but not the whole thing. And then none of it mattered anyway. On Sept. 22, 2018, the Roberts’ doorbell rang and the chair was delivered. Also on Sept. 22, 2018, Carter died, just three months shy of his sixth birthday. He had been largely paralyzed for the final two years of his...
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U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order aimed at spurring the development of better vaccines to protect against seasonal influenza as well as a potential pandemic flu outbreak.
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Armando Isibasi Constantino López-Macías The clinical effects and immunological response to the influenza vaccine in women who later become pregnant remain to be thoroughly studied. Here, we report the medical outcomes of 40 women volunteers who became pregnant after vaccination with an experimental virus-like particle (VLP) vaccine against pandemic influenza A(H1N1)2009 (influenza A(H1N1)pdm09) and their infants. When included in the VLP vaccine trial, none of the women were pregnant and were randomly assigned to one of the following groups: (1) placebo, (2) 15 μg dose of VLP vaccine, or (3) ...
Source: Viruses - Category: Virology Authors: Tags: Article Source Type: research
Discussion With continued exposure to respiratory pathogens and the emergence of novel respiratory pathogens, personal protective equipment (PPE) and procedures are important for decreasing occupational exposure to respiratory pathogens. PPE and procedures are particularly important when anti-infective treatments or vaccination are unavailable or have limited effectiveness. Medical masks are “[a]lso known as a surgical or procedure mask. As personal protective equipment, a facial mask is intended to protect caregivers and health-care workers against droplet-transmitted pathogens, or to serve as part of facial protect...
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Conclusions: A large HAdV outbreak is currently ongoing in the Korean military, with a trend away from seasonality, and HAdV-55 is likely the predominant strain. Persistent efforts to control the outbreak, HAdV type-specific surveillance, and vaccine development are required. PMID: 31480827 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: The Korean Journal of Internal Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Tags: Korean J Intern Med Source Type: research
In March 2013, the first human case of zoonotic H7N9 avian influenza virus (AIV) infection was reported in China. This virus has been circulating in domestic poultry in China while mutating to highly pathogenic AIV (HPAIV) since 2017, which caused human infections and poultry outbreaks. In 2019, a novel reassortant H7N2 HPAIV, A/chicken/China/SJZ1/2019(SJZ1), was isolated from H7 –Re2-vaccinated layers. We analyzed the genetic, pathogenic, and antigenic characteristics of SJZ1. Analysis of the entire SJZ1 genomic sequence revealed that it comprised at least two different sources; the PB2, PB1, PA, HA (H7), M, and NS ...
Source: Journal of Infection - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: Letter to the Editor Source Type: research
ConclusionsWorkers outside healthcare settings do not feel vulnerable to influenza and have low motivation to vaccinate, unless they have previous experience of infection or an underlying health condition. Vaccination programmes must proactively address workers ’ beliefs and motivations to ensure their participation in flu vaccination programmes.
Source: Occupational Medicine - Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: research
Conclusions: Regular molecular surveillance of influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 is important to monitor the viral behavior in terms of increase virulence, drug resistance pattern and emergence of novel strains.
Source: Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Authors: Source Type: research
Conclusion. The cornerstones of the management of all hospitalized influenza cases are the rapid identification and treatment of severe forms. Timely and strictly adherence to contact and respiratory precautions are also fundamental to reduce the risk of intra-hospital outbreaks. Despite the improvements of antiviral therapies and supportive measures, influenza-related morbidity and mortality remain high. According to our opinion, a universal vaccination program represents the only safe and effective method to fill the gap.
Source: Journal of Preventive Medicine and Hygiene - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research
by Evelyn M. Cov és-Datson, Julie Dyall, Lisa Evans DeWald, Steven R. King, Derek Dube, Maureen Legendre, Elizabeth Nelson, Kelly C. Drews, Robin Gross, Dawn M. Gerhardt, Lisa Torzewski, Elena Postnikova, Janie Y. Liang, Bhupal Ban, Jagathpala Shetty, Lisa E. Hensley, Peter B. Jahrling, Gene G. Olinger Jr., Judith M. White, David M. Markovitz Ebolaviruses cause an often rapidly fatal syndrome known as Ebola virus disease (EVD), with average case fatality rates of ~50%. There is no licensed vaccine or treatment for EVD, underscoring the urgent need to develop new anti-ebolavirus agents, especially in the face of an ...
Source: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases - Category: Tropical Medicine Authors: Source Type: research
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