More than one-third of U.S. adults not getting flu shot this year, survey finds

The AmeriSpeak Spotlight on Health survey found that just 44 percent of responding U.S. adults had received the influenza vaccine as of November 11, while 37 percent said they do not plan to get the shot this year.
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Publication date: Available online 21 January 2020Source: American Journal of Kidney DiseasesAuthor(s): Dana Miskulin, Daniel E. Weiner, Harold J. Manley
Source: American Journal of Kidney Diseases - Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 21 January 2020Source: American Journal of Kidney DiseasesAuthor(s): Anne M. Butler, J. Bradley Layton, Vikas R. Dharnidharka, Leah J. McGrath
Source: American Journal of Kidney Diseases - Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: research
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Source: Psychology, Health and Medicine - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Human Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Source Type: research
Respiratory tract infections are the second leading cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide1 and community acquired respiratory viruses (CARV) are the most common cause2. This statistic and the recent 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic have raised awareness in national and transnational health authorities who support developing CARV epidemiological survey systems3 –6. These monitoring activities definitely contribute to health improvement and are extremely useful for national policy makers in identifying groups at high risk and for selecting influenza strains for yearly vaccine production.
Source: Journal of Infection - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 17 January 2020Source: Microbes and InfectionAuthor(s): Kazuyuki Mimura, Soichiro Kimura, Chiaki Kajiwara, Sho Nakakubo, Matthew A. Schaller, Yoshikazu Ishii, Theodore J. Standiford, Steven L. Kunkel, Kazuhiro TatedaAbstractPneumococcal conjugate vaccination (PCV) may prevent influenza-related pneumonia, including Streptococcus pneumoniae pneumonia. To investigate PCV efficacy against secondary pneumococcal pneumonia following influenza, PCV was administered intramuscularly 2 and 5 weeks before S. pneumoniae serotype-3 colonization of murine nasopharynges followed by intranasal challenge ...
Source: Microbes and Infection - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: The LIPS method could differentiate between sera from experimentally infected and vaccinated animals. However, in human samples obtained more than 6 months after the pandemic, LIPS was specific, but not sufficiently sensitive for ascertaining cases by exposure. PMID: 31955522 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Respiratory Care - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Influenza Other Respir Viruses Source Type: research
Abstract Multiple genetically distinct influenza B/Victoria lineage viruses have cocirculated in the United States recently, circulating sporadically during the 2018-19 season and more frequently early during the 2019-20 season (1). The beginning of the 2019-20 influenza season in Louisiana was unusually early and intense, with infections primarily caused by influenza B/Victoria lineage viruses. One large pediatric health care facility in New Orleans (facility A) reported 1,268 laboratory-confirmed influenza B virus infections, including 23 hospitalizations from July 31 to November 21, 2019, a time when influenza ...
Source: MMWR Morb Mortal Wkl... - Category: Epidemiology Authors: Tags: MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep Source Type: research
chi Influenza viruses are respiratory pathogens that represent a significant threat to public health, despite the large-scale implementation of vaccination programs. It is necessary to understand the detailed and complex interactions between influenza virus and its host cells in order to identify successful strategies for therapeutic intervention. During viral entry, the cellular microenvironment presents invading pathogens with a series of obstacles that must be overcome to infect permissive cells. Influenza hijacks numerous host cell proteins and associated biological pathways during its journey into the cell, respon...
Source: Viruses - Category: Virology Authors: Tags: Review Source Type: research
Flu season is always unpredictable. Different viral strains circulate each year, which makes forecasting the disease’s spread—and formulating the annual flu vaccine—an educated guessing game. Even so, the 2019-2020 flu season has been particularly unusual. Influenza B, the viral strain that usually circulates toward the end of flu season, instead emerged first this year, shifting usual transmission patterns. A vaccine mismatch and reduced immunity to influenza B may have contributed to the early and severe start of this flu season. What does that mean for the months ahead? TIME asked Lynnette Brammer, an ...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Infectious Disease Source Type: news
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