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Public Health Interventions in the Pandemics and Epidemics
World Health Organization. 06/2017 This introductory level course provides the information and tools needed to better manage disease outbreaks and health emergencies. Materials have been originally designed for World Health Organization African region purposes and have references to Africa more than other continents. Topics include Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Planning; Operationalizing Emergency Response; Global Vaccine Stockpile; and Laboratory Networks to Support Outbreak Surveillance and Response. (Video or Multimedia) Site requires free registration. (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - June 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Seventieth World Health Assembly update, 25 May
The World Health Assembly today made decisions relating to polio, the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework, and the health workforce. Delegates paid tribute to ongoing efforts to end polio transmission in the last three endemic countries - Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. They expressed concern about the continued shortage of inactivated poliovirus vaccine, and noted the urgent need to contain polioviruses in safe facilities, destroy unneeded materials, and appropriately contain resources that can be used for research or other purposes. This has become particularly important since the eradication of type 2 of the wi...
Source: WHO news - May 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: health workforce [subject], human resources for health, health workers, healthcare workers, health care workers, influenza [subject], flu, seasonal influenza, pandemic influenza, poliomyelitis [subject], polio, poliovirus, polio encephalitis, Press releas Source Type: news

Pandemic Alert: How Lessons From China Can Help Us Rethink Urgent Health Threats
This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related... + articlesList=5919b373e4b0bd90f8e6a746,58e7ca87e4b06f8c18beeb55,58b9d3fde4b05cf0f4008d49 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

With bird flu surging, U.S. needs to do more to prevent possible pandemic, GAO says
If the United States were suddenly facing a potential avian influenza pandemic, just one U.S. manufacturer could be counted on to make human pandemic flu vaccine here. And although the chickens that lay the eggs used in the process are themselves susceptible to the virus, until an emergency arises only voluntary and often inadequate measures by poultry producers […]Related:Scott Gottlieb confirmed to lead Food and Drug AdministrationNew safety risks detected in one-third of FDA-approved drugsU.S. life expectancy varies by more than 20 years from county to county (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework
The PIP Framework boosts global health security by improving international and country capacity to respond to a pandemic by ensuring that all countries – whether rich or poor – have access to influenza vaccines. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - May 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: immunization [subject], vaccination, influenza [subject], flu, seasonal influenza, pandemic influenza, Q & A [doctype] Source Type: news

The World Is Not Ready for the Next Pandemic
Across China, the virus that could spark the next pandemic is already circulating. It’s a bird flu called H7N9, and true to its name, it mostly infects poultry. Lately, however, it’s started jumping from chickens to humans more readily–bad news, because the virus is a killer. During a recent spike, 88% of people infected got pneumonia, three-quarters ended up in intensive care with severe respiratory problems, and 41% died. What H7N9 can’t do–yet–is spread easily from person to person, but experts know that could change. The longer the virus spends in humans, the better the chance that i...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - May 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Bryan Walsh Tags: Uncategorized CDC Disease ebola Gates Foundation MERS outbreak pandemic Zika Source Type: news

Moderna's bird flu vaccine performs well ​in first human trial
Cambridge-based Moderna Therapeutics on Thursday unveiled early data from its first human trial, saying that its bird flu vaccine had easily outperformed a placebo. Moderna is focused exclusively on an approach known as messenger RNA, which recruits the body's own cells to create proteins to fight disease. The privately-held company employs 460 people and has attracted more than $1 billion in investments and partnership deals, but has revealed few details abo ut its pipeline in recent years. The… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - April 27, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Max Stendahl Source Type: news

One Health
What is 'One Health'? (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - April 24, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: antimicrobial resistance [subject], food safety [subject], food poisoning, immunization [subject], vaccination, influenza [subject], flu, seasonal influenza, pandemic influenza, zoonose [subject], animal diseases, FAQ [doctype] Source Type: news

China ’ s Bird Flu Surge Is a Low Epidemic Threat, W.H.O. Says
But the virus ’ s division into two strains will probably force development of a second small stockpile of emergency vaccine to be introduced if the virus becomes more transmissible. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Avian Influenza Viruses Vaccination and Immunization Centers for Disease Control and Prevention World Health Organization China Source Type: news

Global Health: China ’ s Bird Flu Surge Is a Low Epidemic Threat, W.H.O. Says
But the virus ’ s division into two strains will probably force development of a second small stockpile of emergency vaccine to be introduced if the virus becomes more transmissible. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Avian Influenza Viruses Vaccination and Immunization Centers for Disease Control and Prevention World Health Organization China Source Type: news

Q & A: Malnutrition and emergencies
Malnutrition comes in many forms. Simply put, it means poor nutrition. It includes: Starvation is a severe lack of food which can result in death. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - February 3, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: influenza [subject], flu, seasonal influenza, pandemic influenza, vaccines [subject], vaccine, vaccine safety, vaccine quality, Q & A [doctype] Source Type: news

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Decision concerning the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework for the sharing of influenza viruses and access to vaccines and other benefits (Source: WHO Governing Body Documentation)
Source: WHO Governing Body Documentation - January 28, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

How can I avoid getting the flu?
Seasonal influenza (or “flu”) is most often caused by type A or B influenza viruses. Symptoms include sudden onset of fever, cough (usually dry), headache, muscle and joint pain, sore throat and a runny nose. The cough can be severe and can last 2 or more weeks. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - January 25, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: influenza [subject], flu, seasonal influenza, pandemic influenza, vaccines [subject], vaccine, vaccine safety, vaccine quality, Q & A [doctype] Source Type: news

Meet Anne Schuchat, The Pro-Vaccine Researcher Who Just Took Over The CDC
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Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mahmoud Fikri appointed as Regional Director for the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region
24 January 2017 Geneva – The World Health Organization’s Executive Board, currently holding its 140th session in Geneva, has appointed Dr Mahmoud Fikri as WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, following his nomination by the Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean in October last year. Dr Fikri will take up his appointment for a 5-year term starting on 1 February 2017.  Currently, Dr Fikri is adviser to the Minister of Health of United Arab Emirates, and was previously the Assistant-Undersecretary for Preventive Medicine and Health Policies Affairs in the Ministry (1995–...
Source: WHO EMRO News - January 23, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Team uncovers cellular responses to bird flu vaccine
New research eavesdrops on gene expression in human immune system cells before and after vaccination against bird flu, exposing cellular responses associated with a vaccine constituent called AS03, short for adjuvant system 03. Using massive computation, the investigators pursue a systems biology approach, providing a new wealth of detail about vaccine responses and data for the generation of new hypotheses. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - January 20, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Team uncovers cellular responses to bird flu vaccine
(Vanderbilt University Medical Center) New research from Vanderbilt eavesdrops on gene expression in human immune system cells before and after vaccination against bird flu, exposing cellular responses associated with a vaccine constituent called AS03, short for adjuvant system 03. Using massive computation, the investigators pursue a systems biology approach, providing a new wealth of detail about vaccine responses and data for the generation of new hypotheses. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 19, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Fabtech Technologies Wins Project For Bird Flu Vaccine Facility In Egypt
Spokesperson for the Ministry of Health in Egypt Dr. Khalid Mujahid and the Health Minister Dr. Ahmed Imad Eddin have witnessed the signing of a contract between Vacsera (Egyvet) and Fabtech Technologies to establish the first vaccines facility for A … (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)
Source: Pharmaceutical Technology - December 21, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Chinese farmers bolster bird flu defenses as Asia outbreaks, and jitters, spread
BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) - Chinese chickens are being fed more vitamins and vaccines as jittery farmers ramp up hen-house sterilization in a bid to protect flocks against a virulent strain of airborne bird flu that has led to record culling in nearby South Korea. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Assessing Fever in Returning Travelers: Part II
  Zika continues to be the virus of the day for returning travelers, but there are several other diseases that we need to consider in these patients when they present to us in the emergency department. Chikungunya is epidemic in many of the same countries as Zika and can be even more devastating. And Avian and MERS-CoV is still present in many countries. Unlike patients infected with Zika virus, these patients do require isolation to protect our health care staff from infection. Chikungunya Chikungunya, which means “to walk bent over,” was likely endemic but unrecognized in the United States before the mos...
Source: EPMonthly.com - November 25, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Matt McGahen Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Aethlon ’ s blood filtration device as broad countermeasure for infectious diseases
In the midst of a devastating global crisis 2 years ago, a Ugandan physician was infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone as he was treating patients. He was hospitalized at the Frankfurt University Hospital and 12 days later he was unconscious, suffering from multiple organ failure. By the time Aethlon Medical (NSDQ:AEMD) got permission to use its Hemopurifier device, the doctor required mechanical ventilation, continuous dialysis and vasopressor medications. After almost 7 hours of treatment with the single cartridge blood filtration device, the patient’s viral load dropped from 400,000 virus copies per milliliter ...
Source: Mass Device - November 18, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Blood Management Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Research & Development Aethlon Medical Inc. MassDevice Q&A Source Type: news

Your Flu Risk May Depend On When You Were Born
The year in which you were born may predict your risk of getting some types of the flu, a new study of people in Asia and the Middle East suggests. Researchers found that the people in this study who were born before 1968 were less susceptible to a certain strain of the flu than those born in 1968 or later, because this older group had been more exposed to a similar strain as children. In the study, the researchers looked at data from more than 1,400 people, predominantly in Asia and the Middle East, who had been infected at any point in their lives with two strains of the bird flu called H5N1 and H7N9. The new findings co...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

First time flu infection may affect lifetime immunity
Conclusion This modelling study shows how the strains of influenza A – "bird flu" – circulating when a person is born give them lifelong protection against new subtypes with the same H protein groups. The researchers call this immune imprinting. This may help to explain the high severity and mortality rate seen among certain groups. For example, the massive flu pandemic of 1918 was an H1N1 strain. This had a very high fatality rate among young adults, which the researchers consider may have been because when they were born (between 1880 and 1900), H3 was the dominant strain. Therefore they had no prot...
Source: NHS News Feed - November 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Heart/lungs Medical practice Source Type: news

[Perspective] First flu is forever
Influenza is a threat that has been with humans throughout history, fueled by a constant race between host immunity and viral evolution. Control strategies rely on annual immunizations and require frequent updates of the vaccine, an expensive, cumbersome, and not always foolproof process. Efforts are therefore under way to develop vaccines that confer broadly cross-protective immunity to diverse influenza strains. Cross-immunity is pervasive in nature; in multistrain viral diseases such as influenza or dengue, response to a primary infection can profoundly influence response to the next strain encountered. Even unrelated v...
Source: ScienceNOW - November 10, 2016 Category: Science Authors: C écile Viboud Tags: Epidemiology Source Type: news

What 1989 And The Golden Girls Tell Us About Medicine Today
Today, 1989 may be most associated with Taylor Swift: It is the album that won her a second Grammy for Album of the Year. Not only that, it happens to be the year Swift was born--such a long, long time ago! People under 35 have no personal memory of 1980s pop culture, which is ironic since Swift's album in part pays homage to it. In the real 1989 (no offense to Swift and the 10 co-producers who made the album), all sorts of revolutions took place: Mr. Gorbachev tore down that pesky wall, for example. America's greatest antagonist, the Soviet Union, collapsed in 1989. Brazil conducted its first democrat...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How Effective is Oseltamivir?
Discussion Oseltamivir (Tamiflu®) is an oral neuraminidase inhibitor of influenza viruses types A and B. It first came on the market in Switzerland in 1999 and currently is used around the world along with other neuraminidase inhibitors to treat seasonal and pandemic influenza. Oseltamivir is easily absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract, and circulates to the liver where it is converted to its active metabolite oseltamivir carboxylate (OC). In adults approximately 75% of the oral medication is converted and it then travels to the upper and lower respiratory tracts. Unchanged oseltamivir is eliminated in the urine. ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - September 5, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

EMS Has a Responsibility to Be Vaccinated Against Influenza
This study comes from Switzerland, where the authors attempted to determine whether or not EMS providers were more likely to obtain an influenza vaccine in the context of a pandemic influenza (PI) outbreak as compared to the seasonal influenza (SI).   They used a survey of EMS providers in a single city with a population of 130,000. Sixty-six of the town's 69 EMS providers responded. The survey was sent one year after the 2009 influenza pandemic, at which time the protocol instructed EMS providers to be vaccinated. Those refusing were required to wear a surgical mask during patient care for the duration of the influen...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - September 1, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Keith Wesley, MD, FACEP Tags: Columns Patient Care Source Type: news

Antibodies triggered by avian influenza virus vaccine illuminate a new path toward a universal flu vaccine
(The Mount Sinai Hospital / Mount Sinai School of Medicine) Diverse antibodies induced in humans by vaccination with an avian influenza virus vaccine may offer broader, more durable protection against multiple strains of influenza than today's vaccines typically provide. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 8, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

EMA Panel Backs Pandemic Avian Influenza VaccineEMA Panel Backs Pandemic Avian Influenza Vaccine
The European Medicines Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use has recommended granting marketing authorization for the Pandemic Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine. International Approvals (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 1, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Alert Source Type: news

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Pandemic influenza preparedness: sharing of influenza viruses and access to vaccines and other benefits (Source: WHO Governing Body Documentation)
Source: WHO Governing Body Documentation - April 1, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

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Pandemic influenza preparedness: sharing of influenza viruses and access to vaccines and other benefits Report of the Special Session of the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework Advisory Group (Source: WHO Governing Body Documentation)
Source: WHO Governing Body Documentation - April 1, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Pandemic influenza vaccine receives positive CHMP opinion
AstraZeneca and its global biologics research and development arm, MedImmune, today announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has issued a positive opinion recommending the conditional approval of Pandemic Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine (P/LAIV). (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - April 1, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured AstraZeneca Business and Industry Source Type: news

The Dark Side of World-Changing Technologies
This is the third installment of a five-part WorldPost series on the world beyond 2050. The series is adapted from the Nierenberg Prize Lecture by Lord Martin Rees in La Jolla, Calif. Part one is available here. Part two is here. Part four will be published next week. There are numerous novel technologies that will change society and empower individuals -- but they have a dark side that's all too frequently overlooked. Our world increasingly depends on elaborate networks: electric power grids, air traffic control, international finance, globally dispersed manufacturing and so forth. Unless these networks are highly resil...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 15, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

What the rise of Zika (and other viruses) might tell us about our planet
Follow me at @JohnRossMD Zika virus, a pathogen that was almost unknown a few months ago, is now rampant in Central and South America and the Caribbean. In Brazil, it has already infected about 1.5 million people and caused nearly 4,000 cases of microcephaly, a severe birth defect. It is almost certain to spread to every country in the Americas, except Canada and Chile, which lack the Aedes mosquitoes that spread Zika. Zika is not the only virus that has come from the tropics to menace the United States. Dengue, an unpleasant and potentially fatal viral infection, has broken out in Texas, Florida and Hawaii in the past 10 ...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - February 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: John Ross, MD, FIDSA Tags: Health Infectious diseases Prevention Safety Source Type: news

What you need to know about Zika virus
Follow me at @JohnRossMD Last week, the government of El Salvador gave what might be the strangest public health advice of all time: don’t get pregnant for the next two years. Officials in Colombia, Ecuador, and Jamaica have also warned women to avoid pregnancy, although only for the next several months. The reason for these unusual recommendations? An outbreak of Zika virus, currently raging in 21 countries in the Americas and the Caribbean, as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Samoa, and Cape Verde. Until recently, Zika was an obscure virus, confined to equatorial Africa and Asia, an...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - February 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: John Ross, MD, FIDSA Tags: Children's Health Family Planning and Pregnancy Infectious diseases Prevention Safety Source Type: news

Why Are We Seeing an Explosion of New Viruses Like Zika?
Zika virus, Ebola, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) coronavirus, Nipah virus, Hendra virus, bird flu, swine flu -- these viruses have all grabbed international attention in recent years. In the past few decades the world has witnessed an alarming surge in emerging infectious diseases (EIDs). Since 1980, new pathogens have emerged in the human population at a rate of about three each year. Why are we seeing such a surge in new pathogens? One could argue that some of the pathogens may not be new at all; they could have circulated among humans for centuries and are...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 1, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Canine Flu Has Dog Owners Wondering if Fido Needs a Vaccine
A vaccine is conditionally approved for H3N2, which showed up in 25 states. But veterinarians are not recommending the vaccine for every dog. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JAN HOFFMAN Tags: Avian Influenza Veterinary Medicine Dogs Vaccination and Immunization Source Type: news

Dog Owners Wondering if Fido Needs a Flu Shot
A vaccine is conditionally approved for H3N2 canine flu, seen in 25 states. But veterinarians are not recommending the shot for every dog. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JAN HOFFMAN Tags: Avian Influenza Veterinary Medicine Dogs Vaccination and Immunization Source Type: news

Scientists Hope Tracking Winter Flu Will Help Close Pandemic Knowledge Gap
ImageContent(562e45c2e4b0aac0b8fd7c69,562e42a91900002e00b94dab,Image,HectorAssetUrl(562e42a91900002e00b94dab,Some(),Some(jpeg)),ViktorCap via Getty Images,) Anyone who goes down with flu in Europe this winter could be asked to enroll in a randomized clinical trial in which they will either be given a drug, which may or may not work, or standard advice to take bed rest and paracetamol. Those who agree could be helping the world prepare for the next potentially deadly disease pandemic as well as helping scientists who are now desperate to plug gaps in knowledge left by previous missed opportunities. Scientists are largely in...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - October 26, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

USDA awards first manufacturing contracts for bird flu vaccine stockpile
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday said it has awarded contracts to two drug companies to manufacture doses of avian influenza vaccine for poultry, in preparation for the potential return of the fast-spreading avian influenza virus later this year. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Bird Flu Vaccine Conditionally Approved, but Still Can’t Be Sold
The Agriculture Department gave Harrisvaccines a conditional license for a drug to protect chickens from a flu that killed 48 million birds this year. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 21, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: STEPHANIE STROM Tags: Agriculture Department Avian Influenza Harrisvaccines Inc Vaccination and Immunization Source Type: news

Get the flu vaccine, reduce your risk of death
Last year was a lousy year for the flu vaccine. Hospitalizations for flu hit a nine-year high, and the vaccine prevented flu in only 23% of all recipients, compared with 50% to 60% of recipients in prior years. Why does the flu vaccine work well in some winters and not others? The flu vaccine primes the immune system to attack two proteins on the surface of the influenza A virus, hemagglutinin (H) and neuraminidase (N). Different flu strains have different combinations of these proteins — for example, the strains targeted by recent flu vaccines are H3N2 and H1N1. Unfortunately, the influenza virus is microbiology&rsq...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - September 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: John Ross, MD, FIDSA Tags: Cold and Flu Vaccines Flu Shot flu vaccine Source Type: news

Serious flu risk could be identified with genetic test
Findings show that the severity of infection can be partially governed by a person’s genetic make-up, and opens the door to new types of anti-viral drugsPeople who are at risk of falling seriously ill with the flu could be identified by a genetic test and encouraged to have the seasonal vaccination, researchers say.The NHS offers flu jabs for people who are known to be most in danger from the virus, including the over-65s, pregnant women, and those with underlying health problems, such as asthma. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 8, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample, science editor Tags: Genetics Science Flu Swine flu Bird flu Biology Vaccines and immunisation Health British Science Festival Source Type: news

Flu study, on hold, yields new vaccine technology
Vaccines to protect against an avian influenza pandemic as well as seasonal flu may be mass produced more quickly and efficiently using new technology. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - September 2, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Flu study, on hold, yields new vaccine technology
(University of Wisconsin-Madison) Vaccines to protect against an avian influenza pandemic as well as seasonal flu may be mass produced more quickly and efficiently using technology described today by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the journal Nature Communications. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 2, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Scientists Take Huge Step Toward Universal Flu Vaccine
A universal flu vaccine -- one that provides immunity against every strain of the influenza virus for multiple years -- is the holy grail of flu research. It would be a medical breakthrough on the order of penicillin, with the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives every year. And scientists just got one crucial step closer to making it a reality. Two separate groups of scientists published papers this week demonstrating that a new type of flu vaccine can provide protection against multiple strains of the disease, rather than just one. Though a truly universal flu vaccine that could be given to humans remain...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - August 28, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Scientists Take Huge Step Toward Universal Flu Vaccine
A universal flu vaccine -- one that provides immunity against every strain of the influenza virus for multiple years -- is the holy grail of flu research. It would be a medical breakthrough on the order of penicillin, with the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives every year. And scientists just got one crucial step closer to making it a reality. Two separate groups of scientists published papers this week demonstrating that a new type of flu vaccine can provide protection against multiple strains of the disease, rather than just one. Though a truly universal flu vaccine that could be given to humans remain...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - August 28, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Universal flu vaccine a step closer as scientists create experimental jabs
Annual vaccinations could be a thing of the past as scientists have successfully tested vaccines on animals infected with different strains of influenzaA universal flu vaccine that protects against multiple strains of the virus is a step closer after scientists created experimental jabs that work in animals.The vaccines prevented deaths or reduced symptoms in mice, ferrets and monkeys infected with different types of flu, raising hopes for a reliable alternative to the seasonal vaccine. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 25, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample, science editor Tags: Medical research Science Flu Vaccines and immunisation Biology Microbiology Flu pandemic Health Bird flu Swine flu Source Type: news

Researchers 'a step closer' to universal flu vaccine
Conclusion These studies have developed two different flu vaccines that could potentially offer broader protection against a variety of flu strains than current vaccines. As yet, this research has only been conducted in animals, with one study showing an effect against different flu strains in mice and monkeys, and the other showing an effect in mice and ferrets. As monkeys are more similar to humans than mice or ferrets, the results from these experiments are likely to be the most representative of what would happen in humans. While the results are encouraging, it is likely that additional lab and animal research on bo...
Source: NHS News Feed - August 25, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice Medication Heart/lungs Swine flu Source Type: news

Is a universal flu vaccine on the horizon?
Two teams develop new methods that protect against H5N1 (Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - August 24, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news