Aussie flu - flu jab failed to protect against deadly winter H3N2 virus admits PHE
AUSSIE flu swept across the UK in January this winter, with thousands admitted to hospitals over the deadly H3N2 virus symptoms. But Public Health England has revealed the flu jab provided “no significant effectiveness” against the influenza virus. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - July 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flu vaccines offered no protection against killer 'Aussie' strain
Public Health England today admitted the jab had 'no significant effectiveness ’ in stopping people being struck down by H3N2, which was blamed for adding to the pressure on the NHS. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Would you get the flu for science?
Researchers at Imperial College London and its collaborating institutions plan to give 10 volunteers the H3N2 strain of the flu this summer. Studying its behavior will help doctors make better vaccines. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Would YOU get the flu for science? 10 volunteers will be given the deadly H3N2 strain this summer
Researchers at Imperial College London and its collaborating institutions plan to give 10 volunteers the H3N2 strain of the flu this summer. Studying its behavior will help doctors make better vaccines. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Update: Influenza Activity in the United States During the 2017-18 Season and Composition of the 2018-19 Influenza Vaccine
The 2017-18 influenza season was a high severity, A(H3N2)-predominant season. Influenza activity indicators were notable for the volume and intensity of influenza cases that occurred in most of the country at the same time. Record hospitalization rates and high numbers of influenza-associated pediatric deaths also were reported. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - June 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health 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

VaxArray rapid response to seasonal strain changes for influenza vaccines
(InDevR, Inc.) InDevR expanded its license agreement with the Technology Transfer Program at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to address strain changes recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for 2018/2019 seasonal influenza vaccines. The new VaxArray ® Influenza Seasonal HA reagent kit (v2.0) has improved sensitivity to the latest A/H3N2 and B/Victoria-like viruses. Version 2.0 of the potency test is available now for evaluation and will be available for purchase by April 21, 2018. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 10, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

A Second Wave of Flu May Be On the Way, CDC Warns
Flu season may have peaked in February, but we’re not out of the woods yet. The bulk of this year’s deadly flu season was dominated by the H3N2 virus, an influenza A strain that is more severe and less receptive to vaccines than other types of the disease. As the season winds down, however, influenza B has overtaken influenza A, setting the scene for a possible second wave of flu, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data. While flu activity nationwide has dropped to just above non-flu-season levels, influenza B viruses were reported more frequently than influenza A viruses during the w...
Source: TIME: Health - March 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime public health Source Type: news

Flu Has ‘ Definitely Peaked ’ Nationally; Remains High In Mass.
By Susan Scutti, CNN (CNN) — Flu has been shown the door in the United States. Illness activity peaked and began to decline during the eighth week of the year, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly surveillance report indicated Friday. Just 5% of people who visited their doctors did so while complaining of flu-like illness, down from 6.4% the previous week. Caused by viruses, flu is a contagious respiratory illness with mild to severe symptoms that can sometimes lead to death. “We have definitely peaked,” CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund said, quickly adding, “that doesn&r...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Flu Source Type: news

This Year ’s Deadly Flu Season Has Finally Peaked, CDC Says
After months of record-breaking widespread illness, flu season has finally peaked, according to CDC officials. “We have definitely peaked,” CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund told CNN, but “that doesn’t mean we aren’t going to see more flu activity.” Indeed, most states continue to report high or moderate flu activity, according to the CDC’s weekly flu report. Five percent of all outpatient doctor’s visits last week were due to flu-like symptoms, down from 6.4% last week but more than double the non-flu-season average of 2.2%. Seventeen more pediatric deaths were also reported...
Source: TIME: Health - March 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized flu flu season healthytime onetime public health Source Type: news

Why Flu Outbreaks Have Been the Worst in Nearly a Decade
The only thing worse than getting the flu is catching it after you’ve gotten a flu shot. It’s been a terrible year for outbreaks — the worst in almost a decade. Contributing to that is the high failure rate of this year’s vaccine. The current shot is just 25 percent effective against the H3N2 virus, this season’s most-often-identified strain by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The experts say, with enough time and money, they can do a lot better. “There has to be a wholesale change to how we make the flu vaccine,” said Amesh Adalja, senior scholar at Johns Hopkins Ce...
Source: TIME: Science - February 28, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Bloomberg Tags: Uncategorized Bloomberg flu healthytime onetime Source Type: news

Why Was This Year's Flu Shot So Weak? FDA Wants to Know
MONDAY, Feb. 26, 2018 -- With a nasty flu season still raging, it didn't help that this year's influenza vaccine was just 25 percent effective against H3N2, the dominant strain. So the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is bent on making sure next... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 26, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Flu Season May Be Starting to Wind Down — But It Killed 13 More Kids Last Week, CDC Says
This year’s sweeping flu season may be starting to wind down, but activity is still high throughout the country, according to the CDC’s latest update. The percentage of people seeing doctors for flu-related symptoms dropped from 7.4% of all visits last week to 6.4% this week — a rate still well above average rates in the U.S., but the first noticeable dip of the season, according to CDC data. However, 13 more pediatric deaths were reported on Friday, bringing the season’s total to nearly 100. With weeks of flu season potentially still to go, that number is likely to climb higher. MORE: The Nasal Flu...
Source: TIME: Health - February 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized flu flu season healthytime onetime public health Source Type: news

Flu Killed 13 Children Last Week But May Be Winding Down, CDC Says
This year’s sweeping flu season may be starting to wind down, but activity is still high throughout the country, according to the CDC’s latest update. The percentage of people seeing doctors for flu-related symptoms dropped from 7.4% of all visits last week to 6.4% this week — a rate still well above average rates in the U.S., but the first noticeable dip of the season, according to CDC data. However, 13 more pediatric deaths were reported on Friday, bringing the season’s total to nearly 100. With weeks of flu season potentially still to go, that number is likely to climb higher. MORE: The Nasal Flu...
Source: TIME: Health - February 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized flu flu season healthytime onetime public health Source Type: news

WHO changes 2 strains for 2018-19 flu vaccine
WHO's flu vaccine advisory group today recommended changing two of the four components for quadrivalent vaccines to be produced for the Northern Hemisphere 2018-19 flu season. The group recommended a new influenza A H3N2 vaccine strain and switched the influenza B Victoria lineage component from a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus to a B/Colorado/06/2017-like virus. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - February 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Flu Shot During Pregnancy Poses No Harm to Baby
A flu shot is recommended for every person older than 6 months in the United States, even though the CDC reported on Thursday that this year's vaccine is only 25 percent effective against H3N2 influenza, the cause of most illness so far this season. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

22 More Kids Died From the Flu Last Week, the CDC Says
Last week brought a dramatic uptick in pediatric flu deaths, with at least 22 more children dying from the virus between Feb. 4 and Feb. 10, according to the CDC. That makes the week the deadliest yet for children this flu season, bringing the total number of pediatric deaths up to 84. Many of those children were otherwise healthy, according to the CDC. The somber statistic fulfills predictions from CDC Acting Director Dr. Anne Schuchat, who said on a call with reporters last week that record-breaking hospitalization rates at the time were likely an indicator of high death rates to come. “The people who are likely to...
Source: TIME: Health - February 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime public health Source Type: news

Influenza A(H3N2) Viruses Predominate 2017 - 2018 Season
Vaccine effectiveness estimated at 25 percent against A(H3N2) (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - February 16, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Infections, Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Nursing, Pathology, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

The Flu Vaccine Is Working Better Than Expected, C.D.C. Finds
A preliminary analysis finds the vaccine 25 percent effective against this year ’ s dangerous H3N2 strain, and twice as effective in children. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Vaccination and Immunization Influenza Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Azar, Alex M II Source Type: news

Flu vaccine is only 25% effective against deadliest strain
Preliminary data released announced by top US health officials on Thursday shows this year's flu vaccine is only 25 percent effective against H3N2, the vicious strain killing most Americans. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flu Vax Efficacy 25% Against Predominant H3N2 Strain So Far (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Vaccine still effective at preventing deaths, experts say (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - February 15, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

This Year ’s Flu Shot Only Worked a Third of the Time, CDC Says
Early estimates suggest the flu shot only worked about a third of the time this year. Between Nov. 2 and Feb. 3, total vaccine effectiveness was estimated at 36%, according to a report released Thursday by the CDC. When broken down by strain, however, efficacy varied widely. H3N2, the dominant strain circulating this flu season, is notoriously more virulent and less receptive to vaccination than other types of influenza. True to form, vaccine effectiveness against this strain was low this year — approximately 25%, according to the CDC report. (That’s actually better than experts originally feared, based on tren...
Source: TIME: Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime public health Source Type: news

CDC Estimates This Year ’s Flu Vaccine Is Only 36 Percent Effective
Early estimates suggest the flu shot only worked about a third of the time this year. Between Nov. 2 and Feb. 3, total vaccine effectiveness was estimated at 36%, according to a report released Thursday by the CDC. When broken down by strain, however, efficacy varied widely. H3N2, the dominant strain circulating this flu season, is notoriously more virulent and less receptive to vaccination than other types of influenza. True to form, vaccine effectiveness against this strain was low this year — approximately 25%, according to the CDC report. (That’s actually better than experts originally feared, based on tren...
Source: TIME: Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime public health Source Type: news

Update: Influenza Activity - United States, October 1, 2017-February 3, 2018
Influenza activity in the United States began to increase in early November 2017 and rose sharply from December through February 3, 2018. Influenza A viruses have been most commonly identified, with influenza A(H3N2) viruses predominating, but influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 and influenza B viruses were also detected. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - February 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

This Year ’s Flu Is Now as Bad as the 2009 Swine Flu Epidemic, CDC Says
(NEW YORK) — The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago. A government report out Friday shows 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That ties the highest level seen in the U.S. during swine flu in 2009. And it surpasses every winter flu season since 2003, when the government changed the way it measures flu. “I wish that there were better news this week, but almost everything we’re looking at is bad news,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the Centers for Dise...
Source: TIME: Health - February 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mike Stobbe / AP Tags: Uncategorized APH flu healthytime onetime Source Type: news

This Year ’s Flu Is Now as Bad as the 2009 Swine Flu Epidemic, CDC Says
(NEW YORK) — The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago. A government report out Friday shows 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That ties the highest level seen in the U.S. during swine flu in 2009. And it surpasses every winter flu season since 2003, when the government changed the way it measures flu. “I wish that there were better news this week, but almost everything we’re looking at is bad news,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the Centers for Dise...
Source: TIME: Science - February 10, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Mike Stobbe / AP Tags: Uncategorized APH flu healthytime onetime 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

How Effective Is the 2018 Flu Shot? Here ’s What You Should Know
Vaccination has been recommended for decades as the best way to protect yourself against flu, but it’s no silver bullet. The shot’s effectiveness varies from year to year, depending on the closeness of the match between that season’s viruses and the vaccine, which is usually reformulated each year. This winter in North America, its performance has been especially poor, leaving people more vulnerable to a virus that’s caused a spike in hospitalizations and deaths. In Hong Kong, schools are starting their Chinese New Year holiday earlier amid a flu epidemic that has claimed more than 100 lives in the ...
Source: TIME: Health - February 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jason Gale / Bloomberg Tags: Uncategorized Bloomberg health onetime Source Type: news

How Effective Is the 2018 Flu Shot? Here ’s What You Should Know
Vaccination has been recommended for decades as the best way to protect yourself against flu, but it’s no silver bullet. The shot’s effectiveness varies from year to year, depending on the closeness of the match between that season’s viruses and the vaccine, which is usually reformulated each year. This winter in North America, its performance has been especially poor, leaving people more vulnerable to a virus that’s caused a spike in hospitalizations and deaths. In Hong Kong, schools are starting their Chinese New Year holiday earlier amid a flu epidemic that has claimed more than 100 lives in the ...
Source: TIME: Science - February 7, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Jason Gale / Bloomberg Tags: Uncategorized Bloomberg health onetime Source Type: news

Despite reports that this year ’ s flu vaccine shows diminished efficacy against the predominant H3N2 strain, a vaccine is still your best bet. As in past years, we ’ re seeing an increase in H1N1 relative to H3N2 as the season progresses; and vaccine efficacy against H1N1 is goodpic.twitter.com/SG8sq2tE77
Despite reports that this year’s flu vaccine shows diminished efficacy against the predominant H3N2 strain, a vaccine is still your best bet. As in past years, we’re seeing an increase in H1N1 relative to H3N2 as the season progresses; and vaccine efficacy against H1N1 is good pic.twitter.com/SG8sq2tE77 (Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew)
Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew - February 5, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: ( at SGottliebFDA) Source Type: news

While early indications are that flu vaccines may not be as effective against the H3N2 strain this year as previous flu seasons, the best protection still is to get vaccinated. It also protects against other strains circulating this year besides H3N2: http://go.usa.gov/xnAgz   pic.twitter.com/mgakpQKoia
While early indications are that flu vaccines may not be as effective against the H3N2 strain this year as previous flu seasons, the best protection still is to get vaccinated. It also protects against other strains circulating this year besides H3N2: http://go.usa.gov/xnAgz  pic.twitter.com/mgakpQKoia (Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew)
Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew - February 4, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: ( at SGottliebFDA) Source Type: news

Flu Hospitalizations Are Higher Than Any Year on Record, CDC Reports
As flu activity continues to increase in many parts of the U.S., CDC officials say hospitalization rates are on pace to exceed any year on record. CDC officials have in recent weeks compared this year’s unusually active flu season with that of 2014-2015. But CDC Acting Director Anne Schuchat said on a call with reporters Friday that hospitalization rates observed at this point in the season have surpassed even that high-severity year, and by season’s end could eclipse its 710,000 total admissions. The hospitalization rate is higher than that of any year since 2010, when the CDC began tracking the epidemic using...
Source: TIME: Health - February 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized CDC flu flu season flu season 2018 healthytime influenza medicine onetime public health Source Type: news

CDC Reports 16 More Children Dead From the Flu
As flu activity continues to increase in many parts of the U.S., CDC officials say hospitalization rates are on pace to exceed any year on record. CDC officials have in recent weeks compared this year’s unusually active flu season with that of 2014-2015. But CDC Acting Director Anne Schuchat said on a call with reporters Friday that hospitalization rates observed at this point in the season have surpassed even that high-severity year, and by season’s end could eclipse its 710,000 total admissions. The hospitalization rate is higher than that of any year since 2010, when the CDC began tracking the epidemic using...
Source: TIME: Health - February 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized CDC flu flu season flu season 2018 healthytime influenza medicine onetime public health Source Type: news

Flu shot less than 20% effective for most common strain this season, scientists find
Researchers say the effectiveness of this season's flu shot has been low, with the vaccine preventing only 10 to 20 per cent of infections caused by the dominant H3N2 strain affecting Canadians. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Flu Widespread Across US for Third Straight Week
NEW YORK (AP) — Sick with the flu? You've got a lot of company. The flu blanketed the U.S. again last week for the third straight week. Only Hawaii has been spared. Last week, 1 in 15 doctor visits were for symptoms of the flu. That's the highest level since the swine flu pandemic in 2009. The government doesn't track every flu case but comes up with estimates; one measure is how many people seek medical care for fever, cough, aches and other flu symptoms. Flu is widespread in every state except Hawaii, and 39 states reported high flu traffic for doctors last week, up from 32. At this rate, by the end of the season s...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - January 26, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mike Stobbe, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Flu Widespread Across US for Third Straight Week
NEW YORK (AP) — Sick with the flu? You've got a lot of company. The flu blanketed the U.S. again last week for the third straight week. Only Hawaii has been spared. Last week, 1 in 15 doctor visits were for symptoms of the flu. That's the highest level since the swine flu pandemic in 2009. The government doesn't track every flu case but comes up with estimates; one measure is how many people seek medical care for fever, cough, aches and other flu symptoms. Flu is widespread in every state except Hawaii, and 39 states reported high flu traffic for doctors last week, up from 32. At this rate, by the end of the season s...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 26, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mike Stobbe, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Flu Widespread Across US for Third Straight Week
NEW YORK (AP) — Sick with the flu? You've got a lot of company. The flu blanketed the U.S. again last week for the third straight week. Only Hawaii has been spared. Last week, 1 in 15 doctor visits were for symptoms of the flu. That's the highest level since the swine flu pandemic in 2009. The government doesn't track every flu case but comes up with estimates; one measure is how many people seek medical care for fever, cough, aches and other flu symptoms. Flu is widespread in every state except Hawaii, and 39 states reported high flu traffic for doctors last week, up from 32. At this rate, by the end of the season s...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - January 26, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mike Stobbe, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News 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

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

Public Health Response to Severe Seasonal Influenza
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 01/16/2018 With the spike in flu cases around the country, this 59-minute presentation provides key and timely information for public health professionals on how to reduce the spread of seasonal flu in communities, and adjust to spot shortages in antiviral drugs because of high influenza activity in some areas. Speakers discuss the impact of the current flu season, the predominance of influenza A H3N2, and the efforts underway to overcome contemporary H3N2 vaccine challenges. (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 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Recent Dog Flu Outbreaks Have Pet Owners Worried. Here ’s What to Know
The San Francisco SPCA announced Friday on Twitter that cases of dog flu had been confirmed in the Bay Area, and encouraged dog owners to contact their veterinarians if their pets display symptoms of the virus. California is one of several states that has reported outbreaks of dog flu, also known as canine influenza, over the past several months. The Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, which monitors reports of dog flu around the country, confirmed that six dogs have tested positive for the canine influenza H3N2 virus in California in the last 45 days. Although there is also an H3N2 strain of human seasonal ...
Source: TIME: Health - January 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amanda MacMillan Tags: Uncategorized Can a dog get the flu Can dogs get the flu Can you give your dog the flu Dog flu 2018 Dog flu symptoms Dog flu symptoms and treatment dog flu vaccine healthytime public health Signs of dog flu Symptoms of dog flu the Source Type: news

Deadly Flu Season Claiming 100 Lives Per Week, CDC Warns
CBS Local — After a devastating flu season in Australia set off warning bells in the U.S. back in November, the CDC now says that America’s flu season is already responsible for hundreds of deaths around the country. “This is a season that has a lot more steam than we thought,” the CDC’s Dr. Dan Jernigan said, via CBS News. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently estimated that 759 people died of flu-related illnesses between Oct. 7 and Dec. 23. Last year, only 322 people died during the same period due to the flu. America’s flu outbreak reached its worst point ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CDC Chris Melore Flu flu season Flu Shots Local TV talkers Source Type: news

At Least 30 Children Have Died From This Season ’s Flu. Some of Them Were Perfectly Healthy
Thirty children have died from confirmed influenza-related causes so far this flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) most recent weekly report, released last Friday. The total includes deaths between Oct. 16 and Jan. 13. CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald has described the 2017-2018 flu season as “very active,” and has said that much of the country is experiencing “widespread and intense flu activity.” During a Jan. 12 press update, Fitzgerald said that influenza A, H3N2, has been the most common strain of flu virus reported this year. “These ...
Source: TIME: Health - January 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amanda MacMillan Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime public health Source Type: news

Here ’s How Widespread the Flu Is This Year
This year’s flu season has been unusually active and influenza is still spreading, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Flu activity has increased throughout the United States as of the second week of January, the CDC said Friday. Ten influenza-related deaths in children were reported through the week ending on Jan. 13, bringing the total flu-related pediatric deaths to 30. More than 60,000 samples testing positive for influenza have been reported since monitoring for the virus began on Oct. 1, according to the CDC. The flu is widespread in every state in the country except for Hawaii, h...
Source: TIME: Health - January 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mahita Gajanan Tags: Uncategorized flu flu season healthytime onetime public health Source Type: news

Myths and facts about this year's flu shot
This year's strain, H3N2, is notoriously aggressive and resistant to the vaccine. But doctors still warn everyone to get the shot, and we explain why. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

This Flu Map Shows How the Biggest Influenza Outbreak in Years Spread Across the U.S.
With months left to go in the 2018 flu season, the U.S. has already hit an unfortunate benchmark, as shown on the flu map below: For the first time in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 13 years of influenza monitoring, every state in the continental U.S. is seeing “widespread” virus activity. The U.S. is experiencing such an active flu season that the CDC held a special briefing on the topic last week, explaining that there’s an uptick in both confirmed cases of the disease and hospitalizations related to it this year. The flu is so widespread, in fact, that the agency has declared it...
Source: TIME: Health - January 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme and David Johnson Tags: Uncategorized CDC centers for disease control and prevention flu flu season 2018 flu shot healthytime influenza interactive studio interactive studios medicine onetime public health Source Type: news

Dreaded 'Aussie flu' is 'similar' to the Spanish flu
Northamptonshire-based pharmacist Marvin Munzu warned that H3N2 can lead to fatal complications, such as pneumonia - exactly like the bug from 100 years ago. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Everyone ’s talking about the flu. Here’s what to do about it
H3N2: If you ’ve had it, you know how bad it can be. If you don’t, you’ve heard about it and are afraid. Very afraid.We ’re talking about the flu, specifically this flu season’s dominant strain.Others are taking about the flu as well. Physicians at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, have been featured in the media, and sought by patients and the public for advice on flu care and prevention — and for good reason.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that flu activity is widespread across the country. The California Department of Publi...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - January 13, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

5 more dogs test positive for canine influenza in Canada
Five dogs in Canada that came into contact with two others with H3N2 canine influenza have also tested positive. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Windsor Source Type: news

Flu Cases Spike In Mass., Across The Country
BOSTON (CBS) – Cases of the flu have increased across the country, resulting in a season that health officials are calling “moderately severe,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported this week. According to the CDC, regions experiencing high flu activity increased from 21 to 26 states this week. The number of states reporting widespread flu activity rose from 36 to 46. A GoFundMe page claimed the flu took the life of a 51-year-old Needham woman last week. The page stated that Jenny Ching was “diagnosed with flu, and that quickly led to pneumonia,” and “the infection spre...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Flu Louisa Moller Source Type: news