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Can Clinicians Influence Influenza Vaccination Rates? Can Clinicians Influence Influenza Vaccination Rates?
What can you say to convince a hesitant patient that influenza vaccine is necessary?Medscape Public Health (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Article Source Type: news

New influenza vaccine for over 65s 'could prevent 1,700 deaths'
Around 1,700 influenza-related deaths in the UK could be avoided every year if people over the age of 65 switched to a new type of vaccination, analysis has suggested. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 22, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Flu vaccine used in elderly may benefit middle-aged adults with chronic conditions
(University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences) Expanding the high-dose influenza vaccine recommendation to include middle-aged adults with chronic health conditions may make economic sense and save lives. The findings may justify for clinical trials of the high-dose and new recombinant trivalent influenza vaccines in 50- to 64-year-old adults with chronic illnesses, such as heart or lung disease, diabetes, or cancer, to determine if they do provide considerably better protection than the currently recommended standard dose quadrivalent vaccine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

CDC Evaluates Recent Study Linking Flu Vaccine, Miscarriage
Although evidence indicates that influenza vaccination is safe during pregnancy, data are limited for women in their first trimester, prompting a recent study that examined the incidence of miscarriage in women who received the vaccine. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - September 20, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

2017-2018 Influenza Vaccination Recommendations 2017-2018 Influenza Vaccination Recommendations
The latest CDC influenza vaccination recommendations outline which vaccine products should--and which should not--be used to protect against flu this season.CDC Expert Commentary (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Commentary Source Type: news

Flu Vaccine Saves Kids' Lives: What to Tell Reluctant Parents Flu Vaccine Saves Kids' Lives: What to Tell Reluctant Parents
Clinicians can use this information to help parents make the decision to have their children vaccinated against influenza.CDC Expert Commentary (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics Commentary Source Type: news

InDevR licenses Mount Sinai influenza antibodies for VaxArray neuraminidase potency assay
(InDevR, Inc.) InDevR advances its VaxArray technology toward tracking neuraminidase levels in flu vaccines through an exclusive, worldwide antibody license agreement with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 19, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson announces collaboration with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to fight influenza
Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) announced that Janssen Research & Development LLC (Janssen) are collaborating with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) to develop a comprehensive portfolio of therapeutics and vaccines to protect communities in the event of an influenza pandemic and other infectious disease threats. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - September 18, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Johnson & Business and Industry Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson Announces Collaboration with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to Fight Influenza
Janssen and Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) join forces to accelerate new therapies and vaccines to protect communities against the threat of a pandemic (Source: Johnson and Johnson)
Source: Johnson and Johnson - September 15, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Link Between Flu Vaccine and Miscarriage? Experts Unconvinced Link Between Flu Vaccine and Miscarriage? Experts Unconvinced
Researchers found an association between influenza vaccine and miscarriage in women who had also received the vaccine the previous year. ACOG and CDC still recommend flu shots for all pregnant women.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Fluzone or Flulaval: What Does the CDC say?
Winter is coming and so is influenza. Does the CDC recommend Fluzone or Flulaval for pediatric patients? (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - September 14, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Terry Brenneman, MD Tags: Vaccines Source Type: news

High-dose Influenza Vax Reduces Respiratory Illness in Nursing Home Residents
The quadrupled antigen in a high-dose influenza vaccine did reduce morbidity and mortality, but flaws in the recent study prompt questions. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - September 14, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Terry Brenneman, MD Tags: Vaccines Source Type: news

Adjuvanted vaccine could improve flu protection and slash GP workload
Switching to an adjuvanted flu vaccine next flu season could slash GP visits from elderly patients by 21,800 a year and prevent 1,700 deaths, researchers have said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 14, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Influenza Source Type: news

Researchers find hint of a link between flu vaccine and miscarriage
Researchers studying the impact of the flu vaccine in pregnancy have found a possible link between miscarriage early in pregnancy in women who received the flu vaccine two years in a row. It’s the first study to identify a potential link between miscarriage and the flu vaccine and the first to assess the effect of repeat influenza […]Related:Melinda Gates decries ‘loss of U.S. leadership’ in global aidFormer CDC chief launches $225 million global health initiativeNew clinical trial might change the standard treatment for melanoma (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Free Webinar Aims to Boost Flu Vaccinations in Older Adults
A free AAFP webinar scheduled for 11 a.m. to noon CDT on Sept. 26 will focus on helping family doctors increase their influenza vaccination rates, especially among patients ages 65 and older. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - September 12, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Review Updated Flu Prevention Guidance for 2017-2018
The CDC has issued its annual recommendations for the prevention and control of seasonal influenza, which include guidance on the use of two newly licensed vaccines, as well as information on one vaccine's expanded age indication. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - September 12, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

School flu vaccines for four-year-olds will 'considerably' decrease GP workload
Removing four-year-olds from this year's GP influenza vaccination programme and administering vaccines in schools will boost uptake and reduce practice workload dealing with influenza-like illness, GPs say. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 11, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Influenza Source Type: news

Certara paper shows viral kinetic modeling grows flu knowledge, advances drug development
(Rana Healthcare Solutions LLC) As the number of drug-resistant influenza strains grows, and the challenge to identify the best strains to include in the next year's vaccine continues, researchers are searching for better ways to develop safer, more effective anti-viral drugs. Viral kinetic modeling, combined with pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic modeling, is proving a fruitful resource. Certara's review paper in Current Pharmacology Reports highlights the benefits of combining mathematical modeling types to maximize the use of all pre-clinical, clinical and epidemiological data. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 6, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

AAP: Still a'No' to FluMist for Upcoming Flu Season
(MedPage Today) -- This year's influenza A (H1N1) strain differs from 2016-2017 vaccine (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - September 6, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

AAP Recommends Flu Vaccine for All Kids Older Than 6 Months AAP Recommends Flu Vaccine for All Kids Older Than 6 Months
The AAP recommends everyone aged 6 months or older should receive an influenza vaccine, saying it significantly reduces the risk for serious illness and death during the influenza season.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Pediatrics Group Issues Flu Vaccine Recommendations for 2017 –18 (FREE)
By the Editors The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued its recommendations on influenza vaccination for the 2017 –18 flu … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - September 5, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Success for flu immunisation campaign among children
Last year ’s influenza vaccination programme reduced the risk of infection by 66% in children, but had little effect on the elderly, according to Public Health England. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 1, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Influenza vaccine in 2016/17 was 'ineffective' in patients over 65
The influenza vaccine for 2016/17 had 'no significant effectiveness' in patients over 65, while effectiveness of the vaccine increased in children, Public Health England (PHE) data shows. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 1, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Clinical News Source Type: news

Directions for the national flu vaccination service 2017/18
Community pharmacy contractors that fully meet the requirements for provision of the community pharmacy seasonal influenza vaccination advanced service now have the go ahead to provide the service from 1 September 2017. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 1, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Menu of State Long-Term Care Facility Influenza Vaccination Laws
This menu is one of a series of menus assessing vaccination requirements for patients and healthcare workers (HCW) in healthcare facilities. To reduce the risk of disease transmission and outbreaks, healthcare facilities across the country are increasingly requiring healthcare workers to be vaccinated for certain vaccine-preventable diseases. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - August 31, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Influenza Vaccination of Health Care Workers: A Patient Safety Imperative
Post outlines the importance of vaccinating health care workers for influenza. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - August 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New Guidance Clarifies Use of Pneumococcal, Influenza Vaccines in Older Adults
If the federal government ’s Healthy People 2020 goals are met, at least 90% of patients and residents in post-acute and long-term care facilities will be immunized against influenza and pneumococcal infection. (Source: Caring for the Ages)
Source: Caring for the Ages - August 30, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Christine Kilgore Source Type: news

Study identifies genes linked to better immune response to flu vaccine
Yale experts and their research partners have identified several genes and gene clusters associated with the immune response to influenza vaccination. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - August 25, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

2017 –18 Flu Vaccine Recommendations Issued (FREE)
By Amy Orciari Herman Edited by Andr é Sofair, MD, MPH, and William E. Chavey, MD, MS The CDC has published its recommendations on influenza vaccination for the 2017–18 season in MMWR.Among … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - August 24, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

RECOMMENDATIONS AND REPORTS: Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices — United States, 2017–18 Influenza Season
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - August 24, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Flu vaccine rates for kids may drop when the nasal spray vaccine is unavailable
(Penn State) Influenza vaccination rates in children may have decreased for the 2016-17 influenza season because of a recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that the nasal spray version of the vaccine not be used, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - August 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New approved flu vaccine for older patients set for 2018
A new influenza vaccine that is particularly effective at protecting people over the age of 65 has been approved for use by the UK ’s drug regulatory body and is expected to be available to GP practices from next year. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 23, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

How an acquisition has quadrupled production for Seqirus in Holly Springs
Two years out from parent company CSL ’s acquisition of the global influenza vaccine business of Novartis for $275 million, Seqirus continues to ramp up production at its Holly Springs site. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - August 14, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jennifer Henderson Source Type: news

How an acquisition has quadrupled production for Seqirus in Holly Springs
Two years out from parent company CSL ’s acquisition of the global influenza vaccine business of Novartis for $275 million, Seqirus continues to ramp up production at its Holly Springs site. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - August 14, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Jennifer Henderson Source Type: news

Virulence factor made by influenza virus is potential target for vaccine drug development
(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) A new study describes how NS1, a protein produced by influenza A viruses, suppresses the body's immune responses to viral infection. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Live Attenuated Flu Vaccine Not Effective for Children in 2015 - 16
Overall, influenza vaccine was 48 percent effective against any influenza illness for 2015 to 2016 season (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - August 10, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Family Medicine, Gynecology, Infections, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness — and Ineffectiveness — Estimated for 2015–16 Flu Season (FREE)
By the Editors During the 2015 –16 flu season, influenza vaccination was estimated to be 48% effective against any flu … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - August 10, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness — and Ineffectiveness — Estimated for 201516 Flu Season (FREE)
By the Editors During the 2015 –16 flu season, influenza vaccination was estimated to be 48% effective against any flu … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - August 9, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Restrictions imposed on Hep B vaccine
Global shortages have led to 'acute impact' on UK reserves Related items fromOnMedica High-dose influenza vaccine for nursing home residents reduces hospitalisations Hepatitis B vaccine to be added to childhood immunisation schedule Gay and bisexual men urged to have hepatitis A vaccine World ’s first malaria vaccine to be piloted Vaccines do work for pandemic flu (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 7, 2017 Category: UK Health 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
Final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updating fiscal year (FY) 2018 prospective payment rates for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), resulting in a roughly one percent increase over FY 2017. The rule also finalizes revisions to the SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP) and Value-Based Purchasing Program, among other things. Additional information is available on theJuly 31, 2017, CMS final rule fact sheet. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 4, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

High-dose Flu Vaccine Cuts Hospitalizations for Nursing Home Residents High-dose Flu Vaccine Cuts Hospitalizations for Nursing Home Residents
Compared with standard-dose influenza vaccination, high-dose influenza vaccination reduces the number of U.S. nursing home residents who require respiratory-related hospital admissions, according to results from a cluster-randomized trial.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - August 2, 2017 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Study shows efficacy of flu shot in mom and baby
A recent study from Ohio State University suggests that previous influenza vaccines can somewhat weaken the immune response in pregnant women, not baby. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Biomedical researcher gets $1.9 million to study influenza vaccines and cross protective immunity
(Georgia State University) Dr. Sang-Moo Kang, professor in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University, has renewed a four-year, $1.9 million federal grant to develop influenza vaccines that offer enhanced protection against a broad range of influenza virus strains. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 31, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

NHS vacancy rates rose by 16% in past year
Nearly 40% of vacancies are in nursing and midwifery prompting calls to scrap pay restraint Related items fromOnMedica High-dose influenza vaccine for nursing home residents reduces hospitalisations Sharp drop in older applicants for nursing degree courses Nursing leaders update guidance on assisted suicide Nurse leaders blame government for drop in nursing degree applicants Most nursing home drug errors linked to few serious consequences (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 26, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Influenza Vaccine Linked To Less Hospitalizations Among Elderly
The study, however, did not find a significant difference in the rate of death. “Nevertheless, a significant reduction in (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Seasonal Influenza Vaccination in Patients With COPD Seasonal Influenza Vaccination in Patients With COPD
Despite evidence that shows the influenza vaccine can reduce exacerbations of COPD, vaccination rates remain low.BMC Pulmonary Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pulmonary Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

New vaccine production could improve flu shot accuracy
(Duke University) For decades, vaccine manufacturers have used chicken eggs to grow the flu virus strains included in the seasonal vaccine. But because these human strains frequently mutate to adapt to their new environment, the resulting vaccine is often an imperfect match to the virus that it is supposed to protect against. Duke researchers have devised a way to keep the human influenza virus from mutating during egg-based production, generating a perfect match to the target vaccine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 24, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

The 2016-17 Flu Season and Composition of the 2017-18 Vaccine The 2016-17 Flu Season and Composition of the 2017-18 Vaccine
This report summarizes the latest data on influenza activity in the United States during October 2, 2016-May 20, 2017. What can we expect for the 2017-2018 flu season?Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Study: Microneedle patch, protein combo could boost efficacy of flu vaccine
Credit: Georgia State University Researchers at Georgia State University and Georgia Institute of Technology have devised a method to boost the efficacy of a traditional influenza vaccine. The team combined a fusion protein into a microneedle patch made from a biocompatible polymer. The patch’s needles are biodegradable, releasing vaccine into the skin as they dissolve. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News. The post Study: Microneedle patch, protein combo could boost efficacy of flu vaccine appeared first on MassDevice. (Source: Mass Device)
Source: Mass Device - July 20, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Drug-Device Combinations Pharmaceuticals Research & Development Georgia Institute of Technology georgiastateuniversity Source Type: news

High-dose influenza vaccine leads to lower hospitalizations in nursing home residents
(University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center) In the largest nursing home study to date on the effect of a high-dose flu vaccine, researchers found that vaccines with four times the antigen of standard flu vaccines significantly reduced the risk of respiratory and all-cause hospitalization during flu season. The study found a 12.7 percent relative reduction in the incidence of hospitalization for respiratory illness and an 8.5 percent reduction of all-cause hospitalizations. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news