New VaxArray neuraminidase potency test for N9
(InDevR, Inc.) InDevR Inc. announced commercial availability of a VaxArray reagent kit for neuraminidase (NA) from influenza viruses containing the N9 subtype. Together with InDevR's VaxArray reagent kit for 'pandemic' hemagglutinin (H5, H7, H9), the new N9 reagent kit can provide unprecedented insight into the relationship between influenza vaccine antigen content and clinical efficacy for vaccines to be included in the nation's emergency stockpile. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 26, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Global influenza strategy 2019-2030
This strategy aims to protect people in all countries from the threat of influenza. The goal of the strategy is to prevent seasonal influenza, control the spread of influenza from animals to humans, and prepare for the next influenza pandemic. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UN unveils global influenza strategy to prevent ‘real’ threat of pandemic
A new UN-led plan has been unveiled to tackle the estimated one billion cases of influenza which occur each year, and protect against the “real” threat of a global pandemic, the head of the organization’s health agency said on Monday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Could CRISPR Diagnostics Provide a Valuable Weapon in the Fight against Pandemic Flu?
The flu season is up and running in the Northern Hemisphere, and early signs in both the United States and Europe are that the effects might not be quite as severe as the brutal 2017/18 season. The United States is predominantly seeing H1N1 circulating, while monitoring in Europe has identified co-circulation of H1N1 and H3N2—both varieties of Influenza A that should be covered by the seasonable vaccine. What if they weren’t though? Influenza A can be found in both human and animal populations, and it evolves rapidly through genetic mutation. Each year many humans rely on their country&a...
Source: MDDI - March 8, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Paul Wilkins Tags: IVD Source Type: news

Global Influenza Strategy 2019 –2030
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 3/2019. Cited as the most comprehensive and far-reaching plan that the World Health Organization has ever developed for influenza, this 31-page strategy is aimed at protecting people in all countries from the threat of influenza, preventing seasonal influenza, controlling the spread of influenza from animals to humans, and preparing for the next influenza pandemic. It details how to build stronger country capacities for disease surveillance and response, prevention and control, and preparedness. Its Strategic Objective 4 is to strengthen pandemic preparedness and respons...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Antigenic and Genetic Characteristics of Zoonotic Influenza Viruses and Development of Candidate Vaccine Viruses for Pandemic Preparedness
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 2/21/2019. This 10-page document summarizes the genetic and antigenic characteristics of recent zoonotic influenza viruses and related viruses circulating in animals that are relevant to influenza candidate vaccine virus updates. Zoonotic influenza viruses continue to be identified and evolve both genetically and antigenically, leading to the need for additional candidate vaccine viruses for pandemic preparedness purposes. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Governments warned to stockpile antibiotics to prepare for the coming global pandemic
(Natural News) A new report is urging government officials to begin stockpiling antibiotics in preparation for a potential global influenza pandemic, claiming that doing so will ultimately end up saving authorities tens of billions of dollars. The first study yet to model the financial value of stockpiling antibiotics, the analysis claims that the world can... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Investing in antibiotics critical to saving lives during pandemic influenza outbreaks
(Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics& Policy) In a new study published in the journal Health Economics, researchers at CDDEP, the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, and Wageningen University in the Netherlands developed a mathematical framework to estimate the value of investing in developing and conserving an antibiotic to mitigate the burden of bacterial infections caused by resistant Staphylococcus aureus during a pandemic influenza outbreak. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 12, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Eb144/conf./10
Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework for the sharing of influenza viruses and access to vaccines and other benefits Draft decision proposed by Secretariat with amendments by Member States (Source: WHO Governing Body Documentation)
Source: WHO Governing Body Documentation - January 31, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

LSTM and Imperial College Researchers design new anti-influenza drugs
(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) Researchers at LSTM and Imperial College London have designed drugs which could help combat any potential new flu pandemic, by targeting the receptors of the cells by which the virus gains entry to the human body. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pandemic Influenza
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Infectious Diseases (CDC OID). Published: 1/24/2019. This Web page provides information about pandemic influenza, which is a global outbreak of a new influenza A virus. Resources are provided about Pandemic Basics and Past Outbreaks; National Pandemic Strategy; and Monitoring for Influenza Viruses. The page also describes what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does regarding pandemic influenza, provides additional influenza resources and pandemic tools, and provides links to Planning and Preparedness Resources. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resourc...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 24, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Superbugs, Anti-Vaxxers Make WHO ’ s List Of 10 Global Health Threats
(CNN) — From climate change to superbugs, the World Health Organization has laid out 10 big threats to our global health in 2019. And unless these threats get addressed, millions of lives will be in jeopardy. Here’s a snapshot of 10 urgent health issues, according to the United Nations’ public health agency: Not vaccinating when you can One of the most controversial recent health topics in the US is now an international concern. “Vaccine hesitancy — the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines — threatens to reverse progress made in tackling vaccine-prevent...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN Local TV Source Type: news

Approaches to Seasonal Influenza and Genetic Sequence Data Under the PIP (Pandemic Influenza Preparedness) Framework: Revised Analysis
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 12/14/2018. This 38-page document is the revised analysis by a group of eight independent experts who examined the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework with a view to proposing revisions reflecting developments, as appropriate to the World Health Assembly. It updates the September 2018 Draft Analysis. It notes that there are key issues that must urgently be addressed for the PIP Framework to remain relevant, including the issue of how genetic sequence data should be handled under the PIP Framework, and whether the Framework should expand to include seasonal in...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework Progress Report: 1 January – 30 June 2018
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 9/2018. This 20-page report addresses the recommendation from the 2016 Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Review that the World Health Organization develop a progress report that presents overall success metrics and infographics to illustrate progress in PIP Framework implementation. This is the first report, which will be updated every six months. It presents technical and financial implementation for the High Level Implementation Plan (HLIP) II 2018-2023, and the PIP Secretariat. Progress against milestones is measured every six months, and indicators are measured y...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Mass vaccination for influenza a failed strategy, scientists admit... it simply doesn't reduce influenza-related hospital admissions at all
(Natural News) Mass vaccination against the pandemic influenza A/H1N1 infection fell short on expected results, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal. Researchers examined a cohort of 388,069 patients younger than 65 years old, who were given the H1N1 vaccination between November 2009 and January 2010 when the transmission of pandemic influenza was... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Demystifying Medicine 2019
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH). Published: 1/8/2019. This one-hour, 48-minute presentation discusses the history of pandemics, their challenges, and the next influenza pandemic. Topics include the role of viral, host, and secondary bacterial factors in influenza pathogenesis; contemporary Avian influenza, and why an HIV vaccine Is essential for ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic. (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 - January 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Demystifying Medicine 2019: The Next Influenza Pandemic and Ending the HIV/AIDS Pandemic: Follow the Science
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH). Published: 1/8/2019. This one-hour, 48-minute presentation discusses the history of pandemics, their challenges, and the next influenza pandemic. Topics include the role of viral, host, and secondary bacterial factors in influenza pathogenesis; contemporary Avian influenza, and why an HIV vaccine Is essential for ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic. (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 - January 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Readiness for Microbial Threats 2030: Exploring Lessons Learned Since the 1918 Influenza Pandemic - A Workshop
Discussions also touched on recent progress in global, regional, and national governance and public health capacities; challenges and opportunities with medical countermeasures; and tools to enhance detection, laboratory confirmation, and public communication in major diseas e outbreaks. (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 - January 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Reusable Elastomeric Respirators in Health Care: Considerations for Routine and Surge Use
Source: National Academies Press (NAP). Published: 12/2018. This 212-page report explores the potential for the use of elastomeric respirators in the U.S. health care system with a focus on the economic, policy, and implementation challenges and opportunities. It examines the practicability of elastomeric use in health care on a routine basis and during an influenza pandemic or other large aerosol-transmissible outbreak, when demand for respiratory protective devices by U.S. health care personnel may be larger than domestic supplies. It also addresses the issues regarding emergency stockpile management of elastomeric resp...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Reusable Elastomeric Respirators in Health Care
Source: National Academies Press (NAP). Published: 12/2018. This 212-page report explores the potential for the use of elastomeric respirators in the U.S. health care system with a focus on the economic, policy, and implementation challenges and opportunities. It examines the practicability of elastomeric use in health care on a routine basis and during an influenza pandemic or other large aerosol-transmissible outbreak, when demand for respiratory protective devices by U.S. health care personnel may be larger than domestic supplies. It also addresses the issues regarding emergency stockpile management of elastomeric resp...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Readiness for a Severe Pandemic 100 Years After 1918 Readiness for a Severe Pandemic 100 Years After 1918
Are we sufficiently prepared to respond to the next influenza pandemic? While much has improved over the past century, this commentary suggests that significant gaps remain in preparedness.American Journal of Epidemiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health & Prevention Journal Article Source Type: news

Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework: Partnership Contribution High Level Implementation Plan I; Final Report 2014-2017
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 11/30/2018. This 140-page report provides information about the work and achievements of the Partnership Contribution High Level Implementation Plan I (HLIPI), strengthening both global and national preparedness capacities from 2014 to 2017. The Plan focused on five areas of work in 72 countries in the six World Health Organization regions: Laboratory and surveillance, burden of disease, regulatory capacity building, risk communications, and planning for pandemic product deployment. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 11/30/2018. This 140-page report provides information about the work and achievements of the Partnership Contribution High Level Implementation Plan I (HLIPI), strengthening both global and national preparedness capacities from 2014 to 2017. The Plan focused on five areas of work in 72 countries in the six World Health Organization regions: Laboratory and surveillance, burden of disease, regulatory capacity building, risk communications, and planning for pandemic product deployment. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Hospital Personal Protective Equipment Planning Tool
Source: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services] (HHS ASPR). Published: 12/2018. This spreadsheet from TRACIE (Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange) provides a planning tool designed to help hospitals determine approximate minimum personal protective equipment (PPE) based on special pathogen category and a number of facility-specific variables. Calculators are included for Ebola virus disease/viral hemorrhagic fever, Middle East respiratory syndrome/severe acute respiratory syndrome, and pandemic influenza. (Text) (Source: Di...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pandemic Influenza Vaccines: National Deployment and Vaccination Plans
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 12/2018. This course provides a concise and easily accessible overview of planning considerations for countries to develop and update their national deployment and vaccination plans on the use and deployment of pandemic influenza vaccines. It consists of 10 modules with video presentations and quizzes: (1) Vaccination strategies, (2) Management and organization, (3) Legal and regulatory planning, (4) Communication and information management, (5) Human resources and security, (6) Public communication, (7) Supply chain management, (8) Managing waste, (9) Post-deployment su...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pandemic Influenza Vaccines
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 12/2018. This course provides a concise and easily accessible overview of planning considerations for countries to develop and update their national deployment and vaccination plans on the use and deployment of pandemic influenza vaccines. It consists of 10 modules with video presentations and quizzes: (1) Vaccination strategies, (2) Management and organization, (3) Legal and regulatory planning, (4) Communication and information management, (5) Human resources and security, (6) Public communication, (7) Supply chain management, (8) Managing waste, (9) Post-deployment su...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Preventing Pandemics and Bioterrorism: Past, Present, and Future
Source: George Mason University (GMU). Published: 12/4/2018. This one-hour presentation discusses lessons learned for pandemic preparedness since the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic, plans for implementing the new National Biodefense Strategy, and the importance of education for the future of biodefense. It reviews definitions of biodefense and bioincidents, the challenge of catastrophic bioterrorism, and the BioDefense Strategic Framework. (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 - December 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Preventing Pandemics and Bioterrorism
Source: George Mason University (GMU). Published: 12/4/2018. This one-hour presentation discusses lessons learned for pandemic preparedness since the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic, plans for implementing the new National Biodefense Strategy, and the importance of education for the future of biodefense. It reviews definitions of biodefense and bioincidents, the challenge of catastrophic bioterrorism, and the BioDefense Strategic Framework. (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 - December 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

US life expectancy falls for third year in a row - Dyer O.
Life expectancy at birth in the United States fell again in 2017 for the third year running, the longest sustained decline since 1915-18, when the first world war and the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic were among the causes of death. A continued inc... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Minnesota Department of Health Crisis Standards of Care
Source: Minnesota Department of Health. Published: 7/20/2018. This web page provides resources about crisis standards of care (CSC), which are used when a health care system is so overwhelmed by an event that it is impossible for it to provide the normal, or standard, level of care to patients. In situations such as a pandemic or severe epidemic influenza season, a formal declaration by state government would occur to recognize that health care systems are in crisis operations that may last for some time. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

BARDA (Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority) Industry Day
Source: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services] (HHS ASPR). Published: 10/31/2018. This web page provides presentations from BARDA (Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority) Industry Day, which was held on October 29-30, 2018. Topics focused on medical countermeasures against serious public health threats, and included Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Threats; Influenza and Emerging Infectious Diseases; Perspectives in Pandemic Influenza Preparedness; and Emergency Use Authorizations. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Res...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Implementation of the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: July 2014-August 2016
Source: World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean. Published: 2/2018. This 46-page document reports on the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) activities in the Eastern Mediterranean Region and the seven member countries that are recipients of grants under the 2013 −2016 PIP Partnership Contribution Implementation Plan. During 2014−2016, the countries have shown progress in putting in place both hard and soft infrastructure and in building systems that address local needs and could be sustained over time for influenza surveillance and pandemic preparednes s. (PDF) (Source: Dis...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

100 Years of Pandemic Influenza Preparedness 100 Years of Pandemic Influenza Preparedness
This paper highlights advances in medical care and progress in preparedness and countermeasures since the 1918 influenza pandemic. What remains to be done to improve readiness for the next pandemic?American Journal of Public Health (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

The Critical Role EMS Plays in Fighting the Flu
Influenza has been impacting public health on a global scale since the beginning of recorded history. Influenza, also known as the “flu,” has numerous organizations committed to public health research, developing vaccines, and educating on best practices to prepare for the upcoming flu season. By gaining an understanding of the flu through history, virology, and how it impacts our society, we can have a better appreciation for the commitment that’s involved with combating the flu. What Is Influenza (and What’s Not)? The eyes of an epidemiologist can twitch for a variety of reasons, one of them being...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - November 8, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Morgan K. Anderson, MPH Tags: Exclusive Articles Operations Source Type: news

The frontlines of influenza research
(Human Vaccines Project) On the centennial of the 1918 influenza pandemic, join us for a scientific summit on cutting-edge influenza and human immune system research. Held Nov. 15-16 in Nashville, TN, the summit will include a special press briefing, featuring some of the latest work on universal flu vaccines. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 5, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Encourage Your Scleroderma Patients to Get Influenza Vaccine Encourage Your Scleroderma Patients to Get Influenza Vaccine
An important new study suggests that the adjuvant-free pandemic influenza A vaccine is safe and effective in patients with scleroderma.Rheumatology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Rheumatology Journal Article Source Type: news

Flu virus could evolve resistance to pandemic drug
(Imperial College London) The influenza virus can evolve resistance to an anti-flu drug currently in development for use in pandemics but only if there are multiple genetic mutations, a study has found. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 24, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

The Checkup: A Centennial of Death: The Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918
To pay proper respect to the influenza of 100 years ago, get this year ’ s flu shot and make sure your children do, too. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: PERRI KLASS, M.D. Tags: Influenza Epidemics Vaccination and Immunization Children and Childhood Source Type: news

Q & A with Dr Ann Moen: How influenza preparedness helps fight other infectious diseases
Capacity building for influenza is critical because if you can prepare for and respond to flu outbreaks or respiratory events, you learn and practice for responses to other emerging diseases. Flu is not a sporadic outbreak like Ebola or Zika. It is always there, so there is always something to practice with and keep skills sharp. Because flu is a continual threat there is a lot of learning that goes on which also supports work on other emerging diseases. It ’s like the basic architecture for capacity building in all areas. For example, you can practice your communications for responding to outbreaks and better unders...
Source: WHO Feature Stories - October 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: immunization [subject], vaccination, influenza [subject], flu, seasonal influenza, pandemic influenza Source Type: news

VaxArray potency kit for 'pandemic' vaccines fills gap in pandemic preparedness
(InDevR, Inc.) To help prevent or mitigate the severity of a potentially devastating influenza pandemic, public health agencies and vaccine manufacturers must be able to rapidly define, develop, manufacture, and release 'pandemic' vaccines. To address these shortcomings of SRID, InDevR developed the VaxArray Influenza Pandemic HA Potency Assay (VXI-pHA). (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 9, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Lessons from the 1918 flu pandemic, 100 years on
(Frontiers) With flu season nearly upon us, a new study looks at the factors behind the extremely high mortality of the 1918 flu pandemic and how to prepare for future outbreaks. The authors warn that while the world is better prepared than 100 years ago, new challenges will affect the impact of the next influenza virus pandemic -- including changing population demographics, antibiotic resistance and climate change. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 8, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Pandemic Influenza Symposium: Perspectives on Federal, State, and Local Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response
Source: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). Published: 9/26/2018. This one-hour, 56-minute symposium, cosponsored with George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health, features a discussion with national leaders on the emerging issues, trends, and areas of continued challenges and opportunities for success in preparing to respond to the emergence of the next influenza pandemic. Speakers discuss the state of preparedness today, and current perspectives on America ’s biosecurity. (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 - September 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New Influenza Surveillance Tool Supports Communities
LAKEVILLE, MINN. [September 12, 2018] - ImageTrend announces influenza tracking using Continuum® software in preparation for the upcoming flu season.1 As each incident report is posted by EMS care providers, Continuum automatically begins to monitor the aggregate data for developing trends or surges in influenza-like symptoms. Sudden spikes or increased concentration of incidents can trigger Continuum’s alerting function. Utilizing Continuum to track Influenza can help emergency response and public health personnel understand where and when outbreaks are occurring, as well as aid in the decision process...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 12, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ImageTrend Tags: Industry News Operations Press Releases Source Type: news

New Influenza Surveillance Tool Supports Communities
LAKEVILLE, MINN. [September 12, 2018] - ImageTrend announces influenza tracking using Continuum® software in preparation for the upcoming flu season.1 As each incident report is posted by EMS care providers, Continuum automatically begins to monitor the aggregate data for developing trends or surges in influenza-like symptoms. Sudden spikes or increased concentration of incidents can trigger Continuum’s alerting function. Utilizing Continuum to track Influenza can help emergency response and public health personnel understand where and when outbreaks are occurring, as well as aid in the decision process...
Source: JEMS Operations - September 12, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ImageTrend Tags: Industry News Operations Press Releases Source Type: news

Spanish flu: the killer that still stalks us, 100 years on
The pandemic wiped out up to 100 million lives, but scientists still struggle to explain what caused it. The answers could ensure that it never strikes againOne hundred years ago this month, just as the first world war was drawing to a fitful close,an influenza virus unlike any before or since swept across the British Isles, felling soldiers and civilians alike. One of the first casualties was the British prime minister and war leader, David Lloyd George.On 11 September 1918, Lloyd George, riding high on news of recent Allied successes, arrived in Manchester to be presented with the keys to the city. Female munitions worke...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 9, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Mark Honigsbaum Tags: Flu pandemic First world war Health Epidemics Death and dying Society World news UK news Science Medical research Immunology Source Type: news

Topical cream tested as way to enhance bird flu vaccine
A clinical trial is underway to determine the effectiveness of a topical cream to enhance the immune response to a " pre-pandemic " influenza vaccine. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Clinical trial testing topical cream plus influenza vaccine in progress
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) A Phase 1 clinical trial examining whether a topical cream can enhance the immune response conferred by a 'pre-pandemic' influenza vaccine is underway at Baylor College of Medicine, a Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit (VTEU) funded by NIAID. Investigators are evaluating whether imiquimod cream, commonly used to treat genital warts and certain skin cancers, can boost the body's immune response to an H5N1 influenza vaccine. The trial is enrolling 50 healthy adults ages 18-50 years. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 5, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

The Best Time to Get the Flu Shot Is Earlier Than You Think
It’s technically still summer, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it’s already time to think about flu season 2018-2019. All adults and children older than six months should get a flu vaccine by the end of October 2018, the CDC says. (The American Academy of Pediatrics recently made a similar recommendation.) While the shot is still effective for those who get it later in the fall or winter, getting vaccinated before flu season is in full swing offers the best protection, the CDC says. While the flu shot is not perfect — during last year’s brutal flu season, it was only ab...
Source: TIME: Health - September 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime public health Source Type: news

Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in China – update
Since March 2013, when the avian influenza A(H7N9) virus infection was first detected in humans, a total of 1567 laboratory-confirmed human cases, including at least 615 deaths1, have been reported to WHO (Figure 1) in accordance with the International Health Regulations (2005). In the latest wave (the 6th wave since Oct 2017), only three human cases have been detected; meanwhile there have been generally fewer A(H7N9) virus detections in poultry and environment samples, according to various reports from mainland China and China, Hong Kong SAR. WHO has been monitoring the situation, and conducting risk assessments2 through...
Source: WHO Avian Influenza - September 3, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: avian influenza [subject], bird flu, avian flu, fowl plague, influenza in birds, avian bird flu, h5n1, disease outbreaks [subject], outbreak, outbreaks, epidemics, pandemic, disease control, influenza [subject], flu, seasonal influenza, pandemic influenza Source Type: news

Severe human infection with a novel avian-origin influenza A(H7N4) virus
(Science China Press) Avian influenza virus (AIV) is always the threat to human due to its pandemic potential. Herein, a novel reassortant AIV, influenza A(H7N4) virus, has been identified. The virus originated from wild bird AIVs, infected backyard chickens and ducks, and cause a severe human infection. Researchers firstly conducted a comprehensive investigation on this case, confirming the viral infection and the transmission route. Early identification and response interrupted the spread of this novel virus. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 31, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news