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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

Britain faces an 'exceptional' outbreak of 'Aussie flu'
The European country has been rocked by the killer virus, with nearly 12,000 people having been left hospitalised and more than 30 dead. Most cases were caused by H3N2 - known as 'Aussie flu'. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What is 'Aussie' flu and should we be worried?
The NHS is braced for a bad flu season as the 'Australian' virus strain H3N2 dominates. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Aussie' flu
The NHS is braced for a bad flu season as the 'Australian' virus strain H3N2 dominates. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Just TWO areas of the UK are free from Aussie flu
Only Dorchester and the City of London have reported zero cases, according to the website Flusurvey.org.uk. Untouched regions have reported cases of the dangerous  H3N2 strain. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flu vaccine may have low effectiveness against dominant strain, Canada's top public health doctor says
Although it's 'too early to actually tell,' Canada's chief public health officer says the manufacturing process may have caused a mutation that reduces the flu vaccine's effectiveness against H3N2, a strain that tends to cause more severe illness among the elderly and children. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

'Aussie flu' deaths double in a week
Public Health England data also shows the killer virus has left 1,078 in hospital - a quarter of which because of so-called 'Aussie flu', a virulent strain of influenza A known as H3N2. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS chiefs urge relatives to help them ease crisis
Experts are particularly worried about an aggressive flu strain, H3N2 – responsible for Australia's worst flu epidemic in 50 years. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Seasonal Influenza A(H3N2) Activity and Antiviral Treatment of Patients with Influenza
In the US, influenza activity has increased significantly over recent weeks with influenza A(H3N2) viruses predominating so far this season. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - December 28, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

CDC: 2017-18 Flu Season in U.S. Dominated by H3N2 Viruses
So far this flu season, influenza A (H3N2) viruses have been predominant in the United States, according to a newly released CDCMorbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 13, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

How well will the flu vaccine work this winter?
(University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston) Scientists from UTMB and Biomed Protection predicted which H3N2 variants would become 'vaccine resistant', and this prediction has been confirmed during the 2017 Australian flu season. The results published suggest that the current flu vaccine will work better during the 2018 US flu season than the 2017 Australian flu season. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 13, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Update: Influenza Activity - United States, October 1-November 25, 2017
Influenza activity remained low in the United States during October 2017, but has been increasing since November. As of November 25, influenza A(H3N2) viruses were the most commonly identified viruses. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - December 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Tough Flu Season Ahead: Vaccine May Only Be 10% Effective
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 -- There's bad news about this year's flu vaccine. The most common type of flu being seen in the United States is influenza A H3N2, the same severe strain that dominated last flu season. And in Australia, where the winter... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 6, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Tough Flu Season Ahead: Vaccine May Only Be 10 & #37; Effective
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 -- There's bad news about this year's flu vaccine. The most common type of flu being seen in the United States is influenza A H3N2, the same severe strain that dominated last flu season. And in Australia, where the winter flu... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 6, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

This year's flu set to be one of the worst ever
The US will be hit by the H3N2 flu strain this year - the same strain responsible for the biggest outbreaks in recent history and the one that has just wreaked havoc in Australia. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Experts Concerned About Effectiveness Of This Year ’ s Flu Vaccine
(CNN) — Last year’s seasonal flu vaccine effectiveness was just 42%, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated. Even if vaccinated, people had inadequate protection against the flu. This limited effectiveness was due to a mutation that occurred in the influenza A (H3N2) vaccine strain, according to a study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This vaccine mutation resulted from an egg-based manufacturing process commonly used today. This year’s flu vaccine may also be imperfect, said Scott Hensley, author of the new study and an associate profe...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Flu Flu Vaccine Local TV Source Type: news

Flu season is here and experts are already concerned
Last season's flu vaccine had limited effectiveness in part due to a mutation that occurred in the H3N2 vaccine strain -- a result of the manufacturing process. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - November 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flu vaccine may only be 20% effective this winter
H3N2, the same strain which caused havoc in Australia and triggered an influx of flu cases during their winter, has mutated, according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

H3N2 Virus in Swine at Fairs and Transmission to Humans H3N2 Virus in Swine at Fairs and Transmission to Humans
Human influenza A virus infections were reported after exposure to infected swine at agricultural fairs.Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

H3N2 mutation in last year's flu vaccine responsible for lowered efficacy
(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) The below average efficacy of last year's influenza vaccine (which was only 20 to 30 percent effective) can be attributed to a mutation in the H3N2 strain, a new study reports. With the mutation, most people receiving the egg-grown vaccine did not have immunity against H3N2 viruses that circulated last year. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 6, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

UGA, Sanofi Pasteur develop new broadly protective vaccines for H3N2 influenza
(University of Georgia) Researchers have developed a vaccine candidate that protects against multiple co-circulating strains of H3N2 influenza isolated over five seasons following testing in mouse and ferret models. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Moderate Influenza Season to Come, New Model Predicts Moderate Influenza Season to Come, New Model Predicts
A computational tool wedding viral evolution and epidemiology predicted an above-average H3N2 influenza season in 2017 to 2018, but not as severe as last year (which the model accurately predicted).Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Aussie flu will strike UK badly this winter warns scholar
Chris Kutarna, author and research fellow at Oxford University, writing in his new book said 'it is going to be a severe flu season'. Experts are also concerned about the H3N2 strain. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Aussie flu could kill as many as 1968 Hong Kong pandemic
Professor Robert Dingwall, a public health expert at Nottingham Trent University, said it is 'inevitable' the H3N2 strain which has caused havoc in Australia will reach Britain. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Efficacy of Clarithromycin-Naproxen-Oseltamivir Combination in the Treatment of Patients Hospitalized for Influenza A(H3N2) Infection: An Open-label Randomized, Controlled, Phase IIb/III Trial
This study has led to a Practice Changing Update on DynaMed Plus. It found that clarithromycin plus naproxen plus oseltamivir for 2 days followed by oseltamivir for 3 days may reduce mortality compared to oseltamivir alone for 5 days in hospitalized older adults with influenza A (H3N2) and pneumonia (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Painless' flu vaccine skin patch shows promise
Conclusion Further testing in larger trials needs to be done to be sure these initial results hold true and that the vaccine patch is safe and effective. This is the first time these flu microneedle patches have been tested on humans, and the study was relatively small, with only 100 participants. But if the results are confirmed, this new method of delivering the flu vaccination could make a big difference. The patches could have several main advantages over traditional injections: they may be preferred by people who dislike needles and avoid vaccination because of the fear of pain it may be quicker and easier to admi...
Source: NHS News Feed - June 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice Medication Swine flu Source Type: news

Is a new flu pandemic just three mutations away?
Conclusion This laboratory study analysed an H7N9 strain of bird flu. Researchers wanted to explore whether a particular change to the surface proteins of a virus was capable of allowing the strain to bind to human tissue. This would theoretically lead to human-to-human transmission of the flu virus. It is worth noting that this ability to attach to human cells does not necessarily mean a mutated bird flu virus will be able to infect, replicate and transmit between humans. Other changes would also be required. However, they were unable to further investigate whether this surface change could lead to human-to-human transmis...
Source: NHS News Feed - June 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Heart/lungs Medical practice Source Type: news

WATCH: What is the dog flu?
H3N2 is a highly contagious virus that's been in the U.S. since 2015. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Lifestyle Source Type: news

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

Frog slime could protect us against future flu epidemic
Conclusion This study has identified a substance in the mucus secreted by a south Indian frog which can kill certain types of flu virus. Researchers often turn to natural substances with known health-giving properties to find potential new drugs for humans. For example, aspirin was developed based on a compound found in willow bark – which had been used in traditional medicine for hundreds of years. Some other drugs – such as some chemotherapy and anticlotting drugs – have also been developed from chemicals found in plants. By isolating the substances that have an effect the researchers can make sure...
Source: NHS News Feed - April 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Heart/lungs Medication Medical practice Source Type: news

Flu hit middle-aged people hardest during this flu season
As flu season winds down, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report the H3N2 virus was most prevalent and middle-aged people were hardest hit. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flu Season All But Over in U.S.
FRIDAY, April 14, 2017 -- This year's flu season is rapidly winding down and is expected to end within the next couple of weeks, U.S. health officials predicted Friday. It was a year much like the past few flu seasons, when the H3N2 virus was the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 14, 2017 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Infectious Diseases A-Z: Preparing for the next flu season
The current influenza?season, dominated by the A H3N2 virus, continues to be active, though it's on the downswing across the nation, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Data collected by the CDC show this season's influenza vaccine?is 48 percent effective in preventing influenza. Dr. Pritish Tosh, an infectious diseases specialist at Mayo [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - March 20, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

In a bad flu season, high-dose flu vaccine appeared better at preventing deaths in seniors
Older adults are at high risk for serious complications from flu and account for a majority of flu-related deaths and hospitalizations. H3N2 influenza viruses typically hit this age group particularly hard and have been associated with higher mortality than infections by H1N1 or influenza B viruses. During the 2012-2013 season, when H3N2 viruses were dominant, high-dose flu vaccine was 36 percent more effective at preventing deaths in the Medicare beneficiaries studied, compared to standard-dose vaccine. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - March 2, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

In a bad flu season, high-dose flu vaccine appeared better at preventing deaths in seniors
(Infectious Diseases Society of America) Older adults are at high risk for serious complications from flu and account for a majority of flu-related deaths and hospitalizations. H3N2 influenza viruses typically hit this age group particularly hard and have been associated with higher mortality than infections by H1N1 or influenza B viruses. During the 2012-2013 season, when H3N2 viruses were dominant, high-dose flu vaccine was 36 percent more effective at preventing deaths in the Medicare beneficiaries studied, compared to standard-dose vaccine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 2, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Flu vaccine seems to be working well, weakening punch of nasty bug
The current vaccine is a good match for this year's flu, and it includes a strain of Type A H3N2 flu virus that is causing most illnesses (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - February 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flu Vaccine a Good Match for Viruses This Year
Overall, it has been 48 percent effective, but more severe H3N2 strain a factor in reduced coverage (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC: Flu Activity Continues in US, Vaccine 50% Effective CDC: Flu Activity Continues in US, Vaccine 50% Effective
Influenza activity has been'moderate'thus far, and severity indicators are in the range seen in prior seasons dominated by influenza A (H3N2) viruses, health officials say.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - February 16, 2017 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Flu Vaccine a Pretty Good Match for Viruses This Year: CDC
Overall, it has been 48 percent effective, but more severe H3N2 strain a factor in reduced coverage Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Flu, Flu Shot (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - February 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC: Flu Activity Continues in US, Vaccine 48% Effective CDC: Flu Activity Continues in US, Vaccine 48% Effective
Influenza activity has been'moderate'thus far, and severity indicators are in the range seen in prior seasons dominated by influenza A (H3N2) viruses, health officials say.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - February 16, 2017 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Can a flu shot wear off if you get it too early? Perhaps, scientists say
By Helen Branswell It can be jarring to see placards advertising "Flu Shots Today" in late July or early August in 80-degree weather. But those signs may be more than just an unwelcome reminder that summer's days are numbered. Mounting scientific evidence is raising questions about whether vaccinating people that early may actually be undermining the effectiveness of the nation's massive flu vaccination program. Studies from the US and Europe have detected a steady decline in vaccine protection in the months after vaccination. The most recent research, published just last month by scientists from the Centers f...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flu Season Is Going To Be Worse This Year Than Last, The CDC Warns
For SELF, by Korin Miller.Here's what you need to do to protect yourself. Every year, you’re encouraged to get a flu shot before flu season rolls around, and you may or may not actually take that advice. This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants you to know that, yes, you really should get that flu shot, even if you think it’s too late. According to the CDC, there has been a “slow but steady” increase in reported flu cases in November and December, with numbers expected to increase still. The CDC is also tracking people who visit their doctor with flu-like illnesses and found ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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

CDC reports variant of swine flu not seen previously in people
A?Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC)?report released yesterday says 18 people in Michigan and Ohio fell ill after an outbreak of Influenza A(H3N2) Variant Virus that had not seen previously in people. Health officials linked the infections to swine exhibits at agricultural fairs. All 18 people have since recovered. Dr. Gregory Poland, director of [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - October 27, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

New analysis explores the geographical origins of the flu
A computer model shows that small increases in transmission rates of the seasonal influenza A virus (H3N2) can lead to rapid evolution of new strains that spread globally through human populations. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - September 14, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news