Will Human-to-Human Bird Flu (H5N1) Be the Long-Awaited “Disease X?”
Influenza A virus subtype H5N1(“Bird Flu”)[1], which is global, rapidly spreading, and “highly pathogenic,” is now infecting cattle, and (in the United States) at least one human. (Bird flu first emerged in China in 1996 in geese; from a useful potted history). The New York Times asks: “Is Bird…#influenzaa #geese #betteridge #vaccines #aphis #faq #dairyherds #pdf #cdc #delta (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 7, 2024 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is Bird Flu Coming to People Next? Are We Ready?
Unlike the coronavirus, the H5N1 virus has been studied for years. Vaccines and treatments are available should they ever become necessary. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 5, 2024 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Apoorva Mandavilli Tags: Avian Influenza Vaccination and Immunization Source Type: news

U.S. dairy farm worker infected as bird flu spreads to cows in five states
Texas officials today issued a “health alert” about the first confirmed case of a human infection with a bird influenza virus that has found its ways into dairy cows. The worker developed conjunctivitis, a mild eye infection that frequently occurs when avian influenza viruses jump into humans. The case is the latest surprise in the global march of the flu strain, a subtype of H5N1 known as clade 2.3.4.4b that has devastated wild birds and poultry around the world for more than two years. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says it has confirmed that the virus has infected cattle at farms in...
Source: ScienceNOW - April 2, 2024 Category: Science Source Type: news

A Person in the U.S. Tested Positive for Bird Flu
In a rare case, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed on April 1 that a person in the U.S. has tested positive for avian influenza, also known as bird flu. Despite the positive test, however, the CDC says risk to the general public remains low. Health officials have been tracking an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza since a new variant emerged and began killing birds on multiple continents in 2020. Sixty-seven countries reported outbreaks in 2022, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), followed by another 14 in 2023. Human cases, however, remain rare. Only 11 infectio...
Source: TIME: Health - April 1, 2024 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

Digital Nudges Found to Be Duds in Flu Vax Trial Digital Nudges Found to Be Duds in Flu Vax Trial
Reminders sent via text message or patient portal did not increase rates of influenza vaccination.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - March 28, 2024 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Internal Medicine Source Type: news

I helped advise the US government on the next likely pandemic. What I learned is alarming | Devi Sridhar
The 100-day challenge, to be able to contain a virus while a vaccine is approved, manufactured and delivered, looks ever more remoteFour years on from the first Covid lockdown, life feels to be largely back to normal, although legacies of the pandemic remain. Collective amnesia seems to have set in. Politicians seem eager to move forward and not relive the decisions, delays and deaths that characterised public policy and press briefings. Yet we can ’t forget such a brutal event, when Covid is estimated to have killednearly 16 million people worldwide in 2020 and 2021, and caused life expectancy to decline in 84% of count...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 25, 2024 Category: Science Authors: Devi Sridhar Tags: Vaccines and immunisation Coronavirus Science World news Infectious diseases Health UK news US news Source Type: news

What ’s Next for the Coronavirus?
Scientists studying the virus ’s continuing evolution, and the body’s immune responses, hope to head off a resurgence and to better understand long Covid. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 23, 2024 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Apoorva Mandavilli Tags: your-feed-science Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Disease Rates Vaccination and Immunization Immune System Hospitals Evolution (Biology) Coronavirus Omicron Variant Chronic Condition (Health) Influenza Sewers and Sewage Source Type: news

Electronic Nudge for Flu Vaccination Does Not Improve Clinical Outcomes
TUESDAY, March 19, 2024 -- Electronic letters incorporating cardiovascular (CV) gain framing and repeated messaging, which increase influenza vaccination, do not translate into improvement in clinical outcomes, according to a study published online... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - March 19, 2024 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Here Are the Viruses to Worry About Right Now
As winter ends, several viruses are still continuing to rise across the U.S., according to data from WastewaterSCAN, a network of wastewater surveillance sites. Norovirus, one type of influenza, and another respiratory virus are all increasing or have recently peaked in samples from the network’s 190 wastewater treatment facilities, which are located in 41 states. “What we’re seeing right now for the major viruses we are monitoring is that there are similar patterns across the country,” says Marlene Wolfe, assistant professor of environmental health at Emory University and one of WastewaterSCAN&...
Source: TIME: Health - March 19, 2024 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

Electronic Nudges to Get the Flu Shot Fall Short for Vax Rates, Outcomes
(MedPage Today) -- Electronic nudges sent to patients failed to increase influenza vaccine uptake in one randomized clinical trial, while another trial found that slight increases in vaccination rates from letters emailed to patients failed to... (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - March 19, 2024 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Is COVID-19 a Seasonal Virus Yet?
The most common respiratory viruses that cause flu, colds, and RSV tend to cluster in the fall and winter months. Though that means months of elevated risk for sickness, “cold and flu season” is a convenient time for public-health officials to remind people to get vaccinated and wash their hands more frequently. Experts had hoped that COVID-19 would follow that same pattern, but so far, that’s not the case. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] COVID-19 occurs in every season Both flu and RSV tend to plummet to near negligible levels in spring and summer before surging again in the fall ...
Source: TIME: Health - March 6, 2024 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

Cadila Pharma introduces vaccine for seasonal flu
The new vaccine targets four strains of the influenza virus subtype -A and B, responsible for seasonal epidemics, the drug firm said in a statement. Developed using proprietary technology employing nano-sized particles, the vaccine mimics the external structure of the virus without containing intact genetic material, it added. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - March 4, 2024 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

2023 to 2024 Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Effective for Reducing Risk
THURSDAY, Feb. 29, 2024 -- The 2023 to 2024 seasonal influenza vaccine is effective for reducing the risk for medically attended influenza virus infection, according to research published in the Feb. 29 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 29, 2024 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Interim Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Against Laboratory-Confirmed Influenza - California, October 2023-January 2024
This report describes estimated vaccine effectiveness for laboratory-confirmed flu in California. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - February 29, 2024 Category: American Health Tags: MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Source Type: news

Interim Estimates of 2023-24 Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness - United States
This report describes estimates of 2023-24 influenza vaccine effectiveness among different age groups. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - February 29, 2024 Category: American Health Tags: MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Source Type: news