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Government advisers back adjuvanted flu vaccine for over 65s from 2018
Government advisers have concluded that adjuvanted flu vaccines are clinically more effective and more cost-effective for patients aged over 65 than vaccines currently used in the UK. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 17, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Influenza Source Type: news

Flu vaccine prevents hospitalization in children
(Public Health Ontario) Children vaccinated against influenza are significantly less likely to experience serious complications from the virus that could land them in hospital, new research from Public Health Ontario (PHO) and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) has found. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 17, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Global Routine Vaccination Coverage, 2016
Global coverage with the third dose of diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and pertussis-containing vaccine, the third dose of polio vaccine, and first dose of measles. Among new or underused vaccines, global coverage increased during 2010-2016 for completed vaccine series against rotavirus (8% to 25%), Streptococcus pneumoniae (11% to 42%), rubella (35% to 47%), Haemophilus influenzae type B (42% to 70%) and hepatitis B vaccine (74% to 84%). containing vaccine coverage has remained unchanged at 84%-86% since 2010. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - November 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Text message reminders increase rates of influenza vaccination
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Text message reminders increase rates of influenza vaccination. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Break From Methotrexate Boosts Flu Shot Efficacy in RA
With a drug holiday, patients with rheumatoid arthritis could improve their response to influenza vaccinations without increasing disease activity. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - November 14, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Mariah Zebrowski Leach, JD, MS Tags: Rheumatoid Arthritis Source Type: news

Break From Methotrexate Boosts Flu Shot Efficacy in RA
With a drug holiday, patients with rheumatoid arthritis could improve their response to influenza vaccinations without increasing disease activity. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - November 14, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Mariah Zebrowski Leach, JD, MS Tags: Rheumatoid Arthritis Source Type: news

How could an adjuvanted vaccine help GPs tackle flu?
UK GPs will be able to order an adjuvanted flu vaccine for the first time from next year, which experts have backed as a more effective line of defence against drifting strains of the virus. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 14, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Influenza Source Type: news

Annual influenza vaccination does not prevent natural immunity
(The University of Bergen) Earlier studies have suggested that having repeated annual influenza vaccination can prevent natural immunity to the virus, and potentially increase the susceptibility to influenza illness in the event of a pandemic, or when the vaccine does not 'match' the virus circulating in the community.But now, researchers at the Influenza Center in Bergen have published a study, which concludes that annual influenza vaccination does not increase susceptibility to influenza infection in years of vaccine mismatch. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 13, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Extension of NHS seasonal influenza vaccination (England only)
NHS England has extended the NHS seasonal influenza vaccination programme to... (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - November 9, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology 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

Get Your Flu Shot Now, Be Protected for the Holidays
With the holiday season approaching, now is a good time to get aflu shot to make sure you, your friends, and your family are protected for all the events and activities to come. According to health officials, it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to take effect, so those who get a flu shot now can be protected by Thanksgiving. This advice comes on the heels of a review of influenza vaccination data by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS)...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - November 8, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Will This Year's Flu Shot Be as Weak as Last Season's?
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 -- Lots of people came down with influenza last year despite getting a flu shot -- and researchers can't promise this season's vaccine will be any more effective. Last year's shot was only 20 percent to 30 percent effective... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 8, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

GPs miss out on funding as data reveal pharmacies delivered 1m flu jabs last year
Community pharmacies delivered 60% more flu vaccinations in 2016/17 compared with the year before, and received payments worth over £8.6m for delivering the service across the season, official data show. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 8, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Influenza 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

Study shows benefits, negatives of a universal flu vaccine
University of Rochester Medical Center researchers are working to develop a universal influenza vaccine that would protect against all strains of the flu. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - November 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

SCIENTIFIC PROOF: Flu vaccine found to be completely ineffective because of how it is made, new study finds
(Natural News) A groundbreaking new study published by researchers from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in Florida has determined that the way influenza vaccines have been made practically since their inception is fundamentally flawed, and that the end result renders flu jabs largely ineffective. It has to do with the way that vaccine developers use... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

4-in-1 flu shot may mean lifelong protection against the flu
(University of Nebraska-Lincoln) Scientists with the Nebraska Center for Virology find a vaccine combining centralized ancestral genes from four major influenza strains could be a path toward a universal flu shot. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health 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

How flu shot manufacturing forces influenza to mutate
(Scripps Research Institute) According to a new study from scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), the common practice of growing influenza vaccine components in chicken eggs disrupts the major antibody target site on the virus surface, rendering the flu vaccine less effective in humans. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 30, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Shocking new study proves that the vaccine industry is just an extension of the abortion industry
(Natural News) The mainstream media is actively trying to bury the findings of a new study that sheds a not-so-positive light on influenza vaccines. Published in the peer-reviewed journal Vaccine, the shocking paper reveals that pregnant women who receive seasonal flu shots year after year are more than four times more likely to have spontaneous... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vanderbilt leads international effort to develop universal flu vaccine
(Vanderbilt University Medical Center) Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are leading an international effort to develop a universal influenza vaccine that would protect everyone against all strains of the flu anywhere in the world. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 26, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Trust chief executive and nurse administers landmark flu jab
The chief executive of a hospital trust, who is also a registered nurse, has given the jab that took his organisation past a landmark point in its annual influenza vaccination campaign. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 23, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

The Checkup: Pediatricians ’ New Germ-Control Advice: Bring Your Own Toys
The American Academy of Pediatrics has a new policy on how to minimize passing germs around the doctor ’ s office. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: PERRI KLASS, M.D. Tags: Children and Childhood Hygiene and Cleanliness Vaccination and Immunization Toys Influenza Source Type: news

Flu jab 2017: Is Calvin Harris correct that the vaccine contains TOXIC metal?
FLU jab is being promoted this year as the best protection against the influenza virus. Last week Calvin Harris claimed that the vaccine contains toxic metal - is he right? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - October 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Infectious Diseases A-Z: Get your flu shot
Have you had your flu?shot? The time is now, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). ?"The most important way that we can prevent influenza infection is to get vaccinated," says Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a Mayo Clinic pediatric infectious diseases specialist.?"We recommend influenza vaccine for everyone over 6 months of age, and [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - October 23, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Flu jab 2017: Dr Ranj says vaccinating kids could save elderly relatives from DEADLY virus
FLU jabs are being encouraged by the NHS this winter after predictions the influenza virus will be particularly. This Morning ’s Dr Ranj explains that getting children vaccinated could protect elderly relatives. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - October 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic Minute: Time to get vaccinated for flu season
American health experts predict a particularly active and severe flu season, which means? it's especially important to get a?flu shot this year. https://youtu.be/Klq3TOfvLyQ Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute Journalists: Broadcast-quality video pkg (0:58) is in the downloads. Read the script. "Everybody should be concerned about influenza," Dr. Vandana Bhide, an internal medicine specialist at Mayo [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - October 19, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Pregnant Women -- U.S. Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Pregnant Women -- U.S.
Are pregnant women in the U.S. being adequately vaccinated against influenza? What can be done to improve vaccination rates in this vulnerable population?Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Experts Outline Pathway to a Universal Influenza Vaccine
NIH-Led meeting identifies knowledge gaps, development goals. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - October 17, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Medical Terrorists at Large! NMA panel suggests no American has the right to refuse experimental vaccinations and children must be held down by police while injected
(Natural News) Are you ready for your front door to be kicked in by a CDC swat team and your children to be held down at gunpoint while being injected with the latest experimental vaccines for anthrax, zika, ebola, HPV, measles, chicken pox, swine flu, influenza, and whatever else they think up this year? The... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Health Care Personnel Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Health Care Personnel
Is influenza vaccination coverage improving among health care personnel in the U.S.? What factors influence vaccination rates in this group?Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Flu vaccine failed to protect young leukemia patients during cancer treatment
(St. Jude Children's Research Hospital) St. Jude Children's Research Hospital investigators said the results reinforce the importance of hand washing and other measures to help protect vulnerable patients from influenza infections. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Sanofi Invests 170 Million Euros in French Vaccines Facility Sanofi Invests 170 Million Euros in French Vaccines Facility
Sanofi will invest 170 million euros ($202 million) to expand its vaccines manufacturing site at Val-de-Reuil in north-western France, in a drive aimed at boosting the production of one of its influenza vaccines.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Sanofi boosts vaccines business with 170 million euro investment
VAL-DE-REUIL, France (Reuters) - Sanofi on Thursday expressed confidence in the growth of its influenza vaccines after committing to invest 170 million euros to expand its manufacturing facility at Val-de-Reuil in north-western France. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Sanofi invests 170 million euros in French vaccines facility
PARIS (Reuters) - Sanofi will invest 170 million euros ($202 million) to expand its vaccines manufacturing site at Val-de-Reuil in north-western France, in a drive aimed at boosting the production of one of its influenza vaccines. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Why No LAIV Again This Year? Why No LAIV Again This Year?
In children, the live attenuated influenza vaccine had a paltry effectiveness rate compared with other flu vaccines.Medscape Pediatrics (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics Viewpoint Source Type: news

No drop in flu vaccinations since nasal spray withdrawn, CDC says
Discontinuation of the pain-free nasal spray flu vaccine hasn't led to a drop in childhood influenza vaccination -- at least not in Oregon. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

No Drop in Flu Vaccinations Since Nasal Spray Withdrawn
FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 -- Discontinuation of the pain-free nasal spray flu vaccine hasn't led to a drop in childhood influenza vaccination -- at least not in Oregon. In 2016, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's advisory committee on... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 6, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Ask Well: Is There Any Reason Not to Get a Flu Shot?
Unless you ’ ve had a severe allergic reaction, experts advise everyone older than 6 months to get a flu shot. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: RONI CARYN RABIN Tags: Influenza Vaccination and Immunization Fever Eggs Allergies Guillain-Barre Syndrome Source Type: news

Latest guidance for the 2017/18 flu season
Immform, the influenza vaccine uptake monitoring programme from Public Health England, has released new guidance on how to report the number of flu vaccinations given to frontline healthcare workers. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 6, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Influenza Vaccine Good Match for Circulating Strains Influenza Vaccine Good Match for Circulating Strains
Antigenic and genetic characterization of circulating influenza strains detected to date show few surprises, suggesting the 2017 to 2018 vaccine will offer good protection against this year's viruses.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Update: Influenza Activity - United States and Worldwide, May 21-September 23, 2017
Worldwide, influenza activity during May 21-September 23, 2017, followed typical seasonality and in the United States overall, low levels of seasonal influenza activity were detected. The majority of influenza viruses genetically and antigenically characterized at CDC were similar to the reference viruses representing the recommended components for the 2017-18 vaccine. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - October 5, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Flu Shots Vital for Moms-to-Be, Babies
Flu vaccination during pregnancy is a given. The benefits far outweigh any potential risks. Influenza can kill, and pregnant women — and newborns — are high risk for the disease. Unless proven otherwise, my colleagues and I will continue adamantly to advise the flu vaccine’s protection to our patients. We’re heading into flu season; get vaccinated as soon as possible. If you have any concerns, be sure to talk with your doctor. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - October 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities for FY 2018, SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program, SNF Quality Reporting Program, Survey Team Composition, and Correction of the Performance Period for the NHSN HCP Influenza Vaccination Immunization Reporting Measure in the ESRD QIP for PY 2020; Correction
Corrects several technical errors that were printed in an August 4, 2017, final rule, which updated fiscal year 2018 payment rates used under the prospective payment system (PPS) for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). Corrections take effect October 1, 2017. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - October 4, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Flu and vaccine expert appointed new deputy chief medical officer
Prof Jonathan Van-Tam was a senior advisor during the influenza pandemic of 2010 Related items fromOnMedica Vaccines do work for pandemic flu 75% target for NHS staff to get flu jab next winter Reduced seasonal flu jab doses are safe and effective, suggests study NICE urges wider uptake of flu vaccination Last winter ’s flu vaccination ineffective for over 65s (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 2, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

AAFP Calls on Members to Promote Influenza Vaccine This Season
On Sept. 20, the AAFP signed on to a CDC letter asking health care professionals to help promote the influenza vaccine for the 2017-18 flu season. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - September 29, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Calls on Members to Promote Influenza Vaccination This Season
On Sept. 20, the AAFP signed on to a CDC letter asking health care professionals to help promote the influenza vaccine for the 2017-2018 flu season. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - September 29, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Health Care Personnel — United States, 2016–17 Influenza Season
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - September 28, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Pregnant Women — United States, 2016–17 Influenza Season
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - September 28, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Announcement: Final 2016 –17 Influenza Vaccination Coverage Estimates Available Online
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - September 28, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news