Quantifying Contact Rates and Mixing Patterns in Workers in Non-healthcare Work Settings in the United States to Support the Development of Prevention and Control Strategies for Reducing or Slowing the Transmission of Pandemic Influenza
The purpose of this project is to conduct research that describes individual social contact and mixing patterns in workers in non-healthcare work settings in the United States. The goal is to have a better estimate of social contacts in work places to support the development of prevention and control strategies for reducing or slowing the transmission of pandemic influenza. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - July 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

NIAID dcientists create 3D structure of 1918 influenza virus-like particles
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) Virus-like particles (VLPs) are protein-based structures that mimic viruses and bind to antibodies. Because VLPs aren't infectious, they show promise as vaccine platforms for many viral diseases, including influenza. Since details about influenza VLPs are scant, a team of researchers developed a 3D model based on the 1918 H1 pandemic influenza virus. The research, conducted by NIAID scientists, could benefit VLP vaccine projects, targeting a range of viruses from HIV to Ebola and SARS coronavirus. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 11, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New & Resurgent Infectious Diseases Can Have Far-reaching Economic Repercussions
DAVID E. BLOOM is the Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography, DANIEL CADARETTE is a research assistant, and JP SEVILLA is a research associate, all at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health.By David E. Bloom, Daniel Cadarette and JP SevillaWASHINGTON DC, Jul 3 2018 (IPS)Infectious diseases and associated mortality have abated, but they remain a significant threat throughout the world.We continue to fight both old pathogens, such as the plague, that have troubled humanity for millennia and new pathogens, such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), that have mutated or spilled over ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 3, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: David E. Bloom and JP Sevilla Tags: Active Citizens Development & Aid Economy & Trade Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Human Vaccines Project and Seqirus partner to advance universal flu vaccine research
(Human Vaccines Project) The Human Vaccines Project, a nonprofit public-private partnership focused on decoding the immune system to improve human health, announced today that Seqirus, a global leader in the prevention of influenza, is joining the Project's Universal Influenza Vaccine Initiative (UIVI). Seqirus, owned by CSL Limited, has been on the front line of influenza vaccine development and pandemic preparedness for more than a century, pioneering new technologies for rapidly producing influenza vaccines. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 28, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

A Record-Breaking Number of Kids Died During This Year ’s Flu Season
This year’s flu season has killed more children than in any non-pandemic year on record, according to new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data. A total of 172 pediatric deaths have now been reported in connection with the 2017-2018 flu season, including two that occurred as recently as mid- to late-May, according to the CDC. That number edges out the 171 deaths seen in 2012-2013, and surpasses the number of deaths recorded in all but pandemic years, which involve a global outbreak of a new influenza virus, to which most people are not immune. “We saw just an overwhelming amount of flu in gener...
Source: TIME: Health - June 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime public health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Could 'dog flu' be the next pandemic?
A new study confirms that the influenza virus can jump from pigs to dogs. Rapidly changing, some are concerned it could cause the next flu pandemic. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Flu / Cold / SARS Source Type: news

Dogs can be a potential risk for future influenza pandemic
(American Society for Microbiology) Dogs are a potential reservoir for a future influenza pandemic, according to a study published in the journal mBio. The study demonstrated that influenza virus can jump from pigs into canines and that influenza is becoming increasingly diverse in canines. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 5, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Progress in Vaccine-Preventable and Respiratory Infectious Diseases-First 10 Years of the CDC National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, 2006-2015
During its first 10 years (2006-2015), NCIRD worked with partners to improve preparedness and response to pandemic influenza and other emergent respiratory infections, provide an evidence base for addition of 7 newly recommended vaccines, and modernize vaccine distribution. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - May 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Seventy-First World Health Assembly
World Health Organization. 05/10/2018 This Web page provides information and materials for the 71st session of the World Health Assembly, which takes place in Geneva on May 21-26, 2018. The Health Assembly is the supreme decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO). Documents for the Assembly include the Report of the Independent Oversight and Advisory Committee for the WHO Health Emergencies Programme; WHO's Work in Health Emergencies; Health, Environment and Climate Change; and Progress in Implementing Decision WHA70(10) (2017) on Review of the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework. (PDF) (Source: Disa...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

100 Years of Influenza Pandemics and Practice: 1918-2018
Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health. 05/07/2018 This video is Part 1 of a one-day symposium sponsored by the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the context of the centenary of the 1918 influenza pandemic, experts from academia and government convened to discuss and debate current pandemic influenza threats, and the future of pandemic preparedness and influenza prevention and control. Topics include 2018 Threats: The Challenge of H3N2, and Impact of Epidemic on Health Systems; and Current Gaps: United States and Local Public Health Pandemi...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Horses get the flu, too
(University of Rochester Medical Center) Flu vaccines for horses haven't been updated in more than 25 years, but researchers have developed a new live equine influenza vaccine that's safe and more protective than existing vaccines. Proactively preventing the spread of flu in animals is important, as animals are the most likely source of future human pandemics. Animals can be infected with multiple influenza viruses and have the potential to act as 'mixing vessels,' generating new strains that could infect people. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Postmarketing Adverse Event Reporting for Medical Products and Dietary Supplements During an Influenza Pandemic
Drug Safety (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - April 11, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Influenza Risk Assessment Tool for Prepandemic Preparedness Influenza Risk Assessment Tool for Prepandemic Preparedness
An influenza risk assessment tool developed by the CDC could have important implications for pre-pandemic preparedness.Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Next flu pandemic could kill 886,000 people in the UK says BBC show
UK Government officials have previously warned an outbreak of a mutated influenza strain is on the horizon and poses a bigger threat to humanity than terrorism. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UAB approved to test avian flu vaccines
UAB ’s School of Medicine’s Alabama Vaccine Research Clinic has been selected as a national trial site to test a new avian flu vaccine. The clinic is one of four national trial sites to test a candidate for the H7N9, a strain of the avian influenza.  The trial is sponsored by the National Instit ute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, part of the National Institutes of Health, with the purpose of having an effective vaccine ready for any future H7N9 pandemic. “We are excited for the opportunity… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - March 19, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Tyler Patchen Source Type: news

NIAID unveils strategic plan for developing a universal influenza vaccine
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) Developing a universal influenza vaccine -- a vaccine that can provide durable protection for all age groups against multiple strains, including those that might cause a pandemic -- is a priority for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Writing in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, NIAID officials detail the Institute's new strategic plan for addressing the research areas essential to creating a safe and effective universal influenza vaccine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 28, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Here ’ s what you should know about the flu season this year
This post has been updated. This year's flu season is turning out to be so intense that the number of people seeking care at doctors' offices and emergency rooms is almost as high as levels reported during the peak of the 2009-2010 swine flu pandemic, federal officials have said. It has already caused the most hospitalizations […]Related:Flu cases fall for the first time this awful influenza seasonCDC seeks new labs for bioterror pathogens to replace aging facilityCDC warns about salmonella infections traced to kratom (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flu cases fall for the first time this awful influenza season
Flu activity is on the decrease for the first time in this fierce flu season, suggesting that the worst may be over, according to a federal health report released Friday. But the intensity of illness caused by the respiratory virus, the worst  since the swine flu pandemic of 2009-2010, continues to take its toll. Another […]Related:CDC warns about salmonella infections traced to kratomHere’s what you should know about the flu season this yearThis season’s flu vaccine is only 36 percent effective, but experts say you should still get it (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Nasal Flu Vaccine Is Set to Come Back Next Year. Here ’s What to Know About It
After a two-year hiatus, the nasal flu vaccine is set to return to doctors’ offices next year. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted 12 to 2 on Wednesday to return the nasal spray to the CDC’s list of recommended vaccines for the 2018-2019 flu season. Pending final approval from the CDC director, the vote would greenlight the spray for widespread use and compel insurance companies to cover it. The committee stopped short of explicitly recommending the nasal spray, however, and will instead let providers and patients decide if they’ll use it instead of traditional flu shots. There ...
Source: TIME: Health - February 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime medicine onetime Source Type: news

PrepTalks: The Next Pandemic - Lessons from History
January 2018 PREPTalk " The Next Pandemic: Lessons From History, " offers lessons learned from the 1918 and 2009 influenza pandemics. Speaker provides guidance on what emergency managers can do to work with public health and elected officials to implement measures that can save lives. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - February 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Prep Talks: The Next Pandemic; Lessons from History
Federal Emergency Management Agency [Department of Homeland Security]. 02/20/2018 This 19-minute presentation offers lessons learned from the 1918 and 2009 influenza pandemics. It provides guidance on what emergency managers can do to work with public health and elected officials to implement measures that can save lives and, as importantly, avoid ineffective measures that can lose community trust. It details how responding to an influenza pandemic will require coordination and communication with the whole community. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Pandemic Influenza Severity Assessment (PISA)
Course introduces the concept of influenza severity assessment and covers its required steps, from choosing data to using, reporting and communicating severity estimates. The Pandemic Influenza Severity Assessment (PISA) tool is a framework for using existing influenza surveillance data to determine a qualitative judgment on the severity of a current influenza epidemic or pandemic in comparison to past epidemics and pandemics. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - February 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Next Pandemic: Lessons from History
Federal Emergency Management Agency [Department of Homeland Security]. 02/20/2018 This 19-minute presentation offers lessons learned from the 1918 and 2009 influenza pandemics. It provides guidance on what emergency managers can do to work with public health and elected officials to implement measures that can save lives and, as importantly, avoid ineffective measures that can lose community trust. It details how responding to an influenza pandemic will require coordination and communication with the whole community. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

New VaxArray potency test kit for pandemic flu vaccines
(InDevR, Inc.) InDevR has expanded its VaxArray ® product portfolio with a new reagent kit to address the 'need for speed' in combating flu viruses with pandemic potential. The VaxArray Influenza Pandemic Hemagglutinin potency test kit is now available for flu vaccines containing H5, H7, and H9 flu subtypes, which includes new H7 vaccines against the deadly avian H7N9 virus. This new potency assay enables rapid determination of immunogenic hemagglutinin in low-dose and adjuvanted flu vaccines. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pandemic Influenza Severity Assessment (PISA)
World Health Organization. 05/30/2017 This course introduces the concept of pandemic influenza severity assessment and covers its required steps, from choosing data to using, reporting, and communicating severity estimates. It describes why assessing influenza severity is important; when and how to assess influenza severity; how to communicate severity assessment findings; and how to contribute to a global influenza severity assessment. (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 - February 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

The 2018 Flu Season Might Finally Be Leveling Off
(NEW YORK) — This nasty flu season, which has been worsening for months, may finally be leveling off. Health officials on Friday said about 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That’s no reason for health officials to celebrate yet: That level is among the highest in a decade. But it’s no worse than last week, and flu activity had been increasing each week since November. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report said the number of states reporting heavy flu patient traffic also held steady at 43. “I thought I was going to die,...
Source: TIME: Health - February 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mike Stobbe, Carla K. Johnson / AP Tags: Uncategorized APH flu healthytime onetime Source Type: news

World Health Organization: 142nd Session of the Executive Board
World Health Organization. 02/2018 This Web page provides information, materials, and videos from the 142nd session of the World Health Organization Executive Board, held on January 22-27, 2018. It provides links to the agenda, and to documentation that includes reports on Public Health Preparedness and Response; Health, Environment and Climate Change; and Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework for the Sharing of Influenza Viruses and Access to Vaccines and Other Benefits. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Flu Season as Intense as 2009 Pandemic Flu Season as Intense as 2009 Pandemic
Ten more children have died of influenza, the CDC said in their weekly flu update; infections are still on the rise.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Alert Source Type: news

She survived her first bout with the flu — but not the second
Angie Barwise had come down with the flu around the holidays. Days after Christmas, the 58-year-old Texas mother and grandmother was diagnosed with influenza, along with bronchitis and strep, her family told Fox affiliate KDFW. Doctors gave her antibiotics and Tamiflu, an antiviral medication used to help treat the flu and, soon after, she started to bounce back. But almost exactly a month […]Related:This flu season has now reached pandemic levels (but it’s not technically a pandemic)A hospital refused a new liver to a woman because she was undocumented. Then it found it...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

She survived her first bout with the flu — but not the second
Angie Barwise had come down with the flu around the holidays. Days after Christmas, the 58-year-old Texas mother and grandmother was diagnosed with influenza, along with bronchitis and strep, her family told Fox affiliate KDFW. Doctors gave her antibiotics and Tamiflu, an antiviral medication used to help treat the flu, and, soon after, she started to bounce back. But almost exactly a month […]Related:This flu season has now reached pandemic levels (but it’s not technically a pandemic)A hospital refused a new liver to a woman because she was undocumented. Then it found i...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

10 More Kids Have Died This Flu Season — And We May Not Have Reached the Peak, CDC Says
The past week brought reports of 10 more pediatric deaths related to this year’s deadly flu season — and we may have yet to see the worst of it, according to CDC officials. “I wish that there were better news this week, but almost everything we’re looking at is bad news,” CDC Acting Director Dr. Anne Schuchat said during a call with reporters Friday. Forty-eight states, all but Oregon and Hawaii, are still reporting widespread flu activity, Schuchat said, and cases may continue to rise. “Flu is incredibly difficult to predict,” she said, “and we don’t know if we’v...
Source: TIME: Health - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized flu healthytime onetime Source Type: news

A checklist for pandemic influenza risk and impact management: building capacity for pandemic response, 2018 update
This checklist is a tool to help national authorities to develop or update national pandemic influenza preparedness plans for managing the risk and impact of an influenza pandemic under the guiding principles of the 2017 WHO pandemic influenza preparedness framework - " Pandemic Influenza Risk Management " . (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - February 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

It's a Century Since the 1918 Flu Pandemic - Could It Happen Again?
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 -- One hundred years ago, the deadliest influenza pandemic of all time made a ravaging march across the globe. The " Spanish " flu of 1918-19 infected an estimated one-third of the world's population and killed between 50... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 7, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Checklist for Pandemic Influenza Risk and Impact Management: Building Capacity for Pandemic Response (2018)
World Health Organization. 01/2018 This 59-page checklist, updated in 2018, is a tool to help national authorities to develop or update national pandemic influenza preparedness plans for managing the risk and impact of an influenza pandemic under the guiding principles of the 2017 World Health Organization (WHO) framework for Pandemic Influenza Risk Management. It updates and replaces the 2005 WHO Checklist for Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Planning. It includes lessons learned from the 2009 influenza A(H1N1) pandemic; and updated WHO guidance on topics related to pandemic influenza and public health emergency planning. ...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Report of the Meeting on Sustainable Local Production of Influenza Vaccines for Pandemic Preparedness: Synergies with Other International Efforts and Improvement of the Current Tool
World Health Organization. 10/2017 This Web page provides documents from a meeting of stakeholders and experts held in Geneva, Switzerland, in June, 2017, to review each section of the sustainability checklist tool developed to help countries identify and address potential threats to the sustainability of their new production capacity for local influenza vaccines; identify the tool's strengths and weaknesses; and suggest improvements. The meeting also aimed to highlight synergies with other preparedness initiatives and identify opportunities for collaboration. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medici...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Operational Guidance on Sharing Influenza Viruses with Human Pandemic Potential (IVPP) Under the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework
World Health Organization. 06/30/2017 This 20-page guidance is intended to help National Influenza Centres (NICs) and H5 Reference Laboratories of the Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System (GISRS) and other Nationally Authorized Laboratories to select and ship influenza viruses with human pandemic potential to World Health Organization Collaborating Centres of GISRS under the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Pandemic Influenza Severity Assessment (PISA): A WHO (World Health Organization) Guide to Assess the Severity of Influenza in Seasonal Epidemics and Pandemics
World Health Organization. 05/2017 This guidance has been developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be used by Member States and WHO as part of the pandemic influenza risk management guidance to assess the severity of influenza in seasonal epidemics and pandemics, when sustained human-to-human transmission occurs. It is intended for use primarily by public health professionals at the national level, who perform or plan to perform national influenza severity assessments, and who can contribute to global influenza severity assessments. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Influenza Vaccine Response During the Start of a Pandemic: Report of the Second WHO (World Health Organization) Informal Consultation Held in Geneva, Switzerland; 21 July-22 July 2016
World Health Organization. 03/2017 This 33-page document summarizes a meeting held in July, 2016, to follow up on a 2015 meeting to address questions associated with vaccine response at the start of an influenza pandemic and the problems associated with switching from seasonal influenza vaccine production to pandemic vaccine production. This meeting was held to bridge these gaps by better understanding the complexities of the early stages of pandemic vaccine development; elaborating the principles that could guide the decision to switch; and obtaining a better understanding of the evidence or data needed to support the dec...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

New molecular test to impact influenza pandemic preparedness
(InDevR, Inc.) InDevR Inc. announced plans to launch a Research Use Only (RUO) version of their FluChip-8G technology to aid in pandemic preparedness. The new molecular test addresses an unmet need for more detailed information about flu viruses found in human specimens without the data management complexities associated with current sequencing approaches. FluChip-8G offers viral subtype specific insight with the ease of use of an RT-PCR assay and unmatched simplicity in results interpretation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 6, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Georgia Teen Dies of the Flu Despite Initially Testing Negative
(ATLANTA) — A Georgia county coroner says a 15-year-old girl is the state’s first flu-related child death this season. Coweta County Coroner Richard Hawk told news outlets that Kira Molina died Tuesday at an Atlanta hospital. He says the Newnan High School student had initially tested negative for the flu upon developing symptoms last week, but was found unresponsive on Sunday. She was hospitalized in Newnan and then airlifted to Atlanta. Hawk says Molina’s liver failed because of influenza A, not an acetaminophen overdose, referencing accounts from other media outlets. The Georgia Department of Public He...
Source: TIME: Health - February 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized APW flu georgia healthytime onetime Source Type: news

ID'ing features of flu virus genome may help target surveillance for pandemic flu
(Washington University School of Medicine) Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified features of the influenza virus genome that affect how well the virus multiplies. These features are similar but not identical across viral strains. It's possible that the extent of similarity between strains influences whether two flu viruses can mix their genetic material to make a hybrid virus with the potential to explode into pandemic flu. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Delivering Essential Healthcare Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response. 04/25/2017 This Web page details the plans of two states that received grants to begin to address the challenges of delivering essential healthcare services during a severe influenza pandemic or wide-scale public health disaster. Oregon addressed care in the multi-county region centered in the Portland metropolitan area. Virginia expanded the Virginia Department of Health's existing Critical Resource Shortages Planning Guide. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

What we can learn from the 1918 flu pandemic
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the great influenza pandemic of 1918. Between 50 and 100 million people are thought to have died, representing as much as 5 percent of the world's population. Half a billion people were infected. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - January 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

100 years on: What we can learn from the 1918 flu pandemic
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the great influenza pandemic of 1918. Between 50 and 100 million people are thought to have died, representing as much as 5 percent of the world's population. Half a billion people were infected. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - January 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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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 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

CDC Says Influenza Activity as Widespread as 2009 Pandemic CDC Says Influenza Activity as Widespread as 2009 Pandemic
The agency said baby boomers now have the second-highest hospitalization rate, and the pediatric death rate is especially alarming.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - January 26, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Alert Source Type: news

The Flu Killed 7 Children Last Week – but It’s Hitting Baby Boomers Even Harder
This year’s severe flu season brought at least seven more pediatric deaths in the past week – bringing the total to 37 so far this season. Baby Boomers, however, are among the hardest hit, with an unusually high rate of hospitalizations this year, according to CDC officials. “Baby Boomers have higher rates [of hospitalization] than their grandchildren right now,” CDC Influenza Division Director Dr. Dan Jernigan said during a call with reporters Friday. During a typical flu season, elderly adults see the highest rate of hospitalizations, followed by young children. But this year, Jernigan said, adult...
Source: TIME: Health - January 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized CDC flu season flu season 2018 healthytime influenza medicine onetime public health Source Type: news

This flu season, with at least 37 child deaths so far, is on track to be among the worst in 15 years
Federal health officials reported that the level of influenza illness nationwide is the highest since the pandemic of 2009-2010, with nearly 12,000 people needing to be hospitalized. The number of hospitalizations rose by almost 3,000 people in one week. By the end of this flu season, officials said, the pediatric death toll is likely to […]Related:Monkeys in a nicotine experiment can relax. Their future is looking up.FDA panel rejects Philip Morris’s claims that new smokeless cigarette reduces harmHis family thought he had a cold. A couple of days later, he died of the flu. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Worst Flu Pandemic of the 20th Century Has an Urgent Lesson for Today
If you’ve been reading about how bad the flu is this year, it’s hard not to worry, and with good reason. The 2018 influenza season has hit hard in the U.S. and elsewhere, spreading far and wide and leading to the deaths of at least 30 children. But when Laura Spinney hears the news about this flu season, she has an extra layer of context. Spinney’s recent book Pale Rider explores the legacy of the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, a devastating episode 100 years ago that killed perhaps as many as 100 million people across the globe. “Although this does seem to be a particularly bad flu, it is still season...
Source: TIME: Health - January 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lily Rothman Tags: Uncategorized health healthytime Source Type: news

Our Complacency About the Flu Is Killing Us
Everyone’s talking—and rightly so—about this year’s flu season, which is on its way to becoming the worst in 15 years. The news is full of stories about hospitals resorting to tents to accommodate the influx of patients and parents dealing with school closings in nearly every state. We count and mourn the dead. As a family doctor, my heart is with those patients and their families. As a global health professional with four decades of experience in combating epidemics, my mind is on the one critical thing we aren’t talking about at all as we suffer in this flu season: complacency. Put plainly, ...
Source: TIME: Health - January 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jonathan D. Quick, MD, MPH Tags: Uncategorized deaths from flu 2018 flu epidemic flu epidemic 2018 flu peak flu season 2018 flu shot effectiveness healthytime how many people have died from the flu new flu symptoms public health why are people dying of the flu Source Type: news