AAP: Nasal Spray Vaccine Against Flu Acceptable in 2019 to 2020
THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 -- The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) plans to advise families to vaccinate children against influenza with either the flu shot or nasal spray vaccine during the 2019 to 2020 flu season, in contrast to the academy's... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - March 14, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

These less common proteins may help fend off the flu
(American Society for Microbiology) Influenza type B, though generally less widespread than type A, poses a formidable threat for vulnerable populations like the elderly and the young. In the 2012-2013 flu season, for example, influenza type B caused the majority of deaths due to flu among children, according to data from the CDC. Findings published this week in mBio suggest that an efficient way to boost the efficacy of vaccines against influenza type B might be hiding in plain sight. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 12, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

CDC: Flu Season May Not Have Peaked, Another Wave Of Severe Infections Underway
(CNN) — Flu activity remains high across the nation, and there’s a second wave of severe infections striking some states. There were as many as 26.3 million flu illnesses, 12.4 million medical visits and 347,000 flu hospitalizations between October 1 and March 2, according to the weekly flu report released Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We’re still having flu. And we’re still seeing a steady stream of patients who are being admitted to hospital with influenza,” said Dr. William Schaffner, medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN Flu Source Type: news

Could CRISPR Diagnostics Provide a Valuable Weapon in the Fight against Pandemic Flu?
The flu season is up and running in the Northern Hemisphere, and early signs in both the United States and Europe are that the effects might not be quite as severe as the brutal 2017/18 season. The United States is predominantly seeing H1N1 circulating, while monitoring in Europe has identified co-circulation of H1N1 and H3N2—both varieties of Influenza A that should be covered by the seasonable vaccine. What if they weren’t though? Influenza A can be found in both human and animal populations, and it evolves rapidly through genetic mutation. Each year many humans rely on their country&a...
Source: MDDI - March 8, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Paul Wilkins Tags: IVD Source Type: news

A small-molecule fusion inhibitor of influenza virus is orally active in mice
Recent characterization of broadly neutralizing antibodies (bnAbs) against influenza virus identified the conserved hemagglutinin (HA) stem as a target for development of universal vaccines and therapeutics. Although several stem bnAbs are being evaluated in clinical trials, antibodies are generally unsuited for oral delivery. Guided by structural knowledge of the interactions and mechanism of anti-stem bnAb CR6261, we selected and optimized small molecules that mimic the bnAb functionality. Our lead compound neutralizes influenza A group 1 viruses by inhibiting HA-mediated fusion in vitro, protects mice against lethal and...
Source: ScienceNOW - March 7, 2019 Category: Science Authors: van Dongen, M. J. P., Kadam, R. U., Juraszek, J., Lawson, E., Brandenburg, B., Schmitz, F., Schepens, W. B. G., Stoops, B., van Diepen, H. A., Jongeneelen, M., Tang, C., Vermond, J., van Eijgen-Obregoso Real, A., Blokland, S., Garg, D., Yu, W., Goutier, W Tags: Biochemistry, Online Only r-articles Source Type: news

These Researchers Are Using Artificial Intelligence to Make a Better Flu Vaccine
The influenza virus is a particularly nasty bug, thanks in no small part to how rapidly it mutates. Every time the flu virus changes, it becomes harder for humans to develop an immunity. Even our best external defense against influenza, the flu shot, is based on experts’ best guess as to which flu strain or strains are most likely to be prevalent during a given flu season. Sometimes they’re right — this season’s vaccine has turned out to be a relatively good match for the strains currently in circulation. But sometimes they get it wrong, potentially leading to a more severe flu season. And influenza...
Source: TIME: Health - March 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alejandro de la Garza Tags: Uncategorized Life Reinvented medicine onetime Source Type: news

These Researchers Are Using Artificial Intelligence to Make a Better Flu Vaccine
The influenza virus is a particularly nasty bug, thanks in no small part to how rapidly it mutates. Every time the flu virus changes, it becomes harder for humans to develop an immunity. Even our best external defense against influenza, the flu shot, is based on experts’ best guess as to which flu strain or strains are most likely to be prevalent during a given flu season. Sometimes they’re right — this season’s vaccine has turned out to be a relatively good match for the strains currently in circulation. But sometimes they get it wrong, potentially leading to a more severe flu season. And influenza...
Source: TIME: Science - March 5, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Alejandro de la Garza Tags: Uncategorized Life Reinvented medicine onetime Source Type: news

Interim Estimates of 2018-19 Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Interim Estimates of 2018-19 Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness
This new report provides interim estimates of vaccine effectiveness against illnesses caused by influenza viruses during the recent season.Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - March 4, 2019 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Public Health & Prevention Journal Article Source Type: news

FDA's Critical Role in Ensuring Supply of Influenza Vaccine
Making the flu vaccine is a highly complex process. The FDA encourages the development of new technologies for producing flu vaccines and plays an important role in making sure safe and effective vaccines are available each flu season. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - March 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flu Vaccination During Pregnancy Does Not Cause Miscarriage
THURSDAY, Feb. 28, 2019 -- An influenza vaccine cannot cause a pregnant woman to miscarry, researchers say. The findings are based on an examination of the 2012-13, 2013-14, and 2014-15 flu seasons and were presented Wednesday to the U.S. Centers... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 28, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Researcher gets $3.86 million grant to develop universal flu vaccine with microneedle patch
(Georgia State University) Dr. Baozhong Wang, associate professor in Georgia State University's Institute for Biomedical Sciences, has received a five-year, $3.86 million federal grant to develop a universal flu vaccine using a microneedle patch that will protect against any strain of the influenza virus. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 27, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

FDA Head Says the Federal Government May Have to Set Vaccine Policies If State Laws Continue to Allow Outbreaks
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said the federal government might someday regulate vaccine policies if “lax” state vaccine laws “force [its] hand” by allowing the resurgence of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles to continue. Vaccine laws are currently decided at the state level. While all 50 states require certain vaccines for students, all but three — California, Mississippi and West Virginia — allow non-medical exemptions for people who have either religious or philosophical beliefs contrary to vaccination. But with preventable diseases like me...
Source: TIME: Health - February 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime Infectious Disease onetime Source Type: news

Antigenic and Genetic Characteristics of Zoonotic Influenza Viruses and Development of Candidate Vaccine Viruses for Pandemic Preparedness
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 2/21/2019. This 10-page document summarizes the genetic and antigenic characteristics of recent zoonotic influenza viruses and related viruses circulating in animals that are relevant to influenza candidate vaccine virus updates. Zoonotic influenza viruses continue to be identified and evolve both genetically and antigenically, leading to the need for additional candidate vaccine viruses for pandemic preparedness purposes. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

2018-2019 Influenza Vaccine Is Effective, Says CDC
On Feb. 15, the CDC released a pair ofMorbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports that offer interim information on the 2018-2019 influenza season and address this season's flu vaccine effectiveness. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 20, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Third Child Dies From Flu-Related Illness In Massachusetts
BOSTON (CBS) — There has been a third flu-related death in Massachusetts. The Department of Public Health said the death of a young girl in Middlesex County was reported Tuesday. A 12-year-old boy from Milford died from a flu-related illness at the end of January, and a girl in Middlesex County died less than a week later. “Reports of both influenza-like illness and flu-related hospitalizations have both leveled off in the last few weeks. However, peak flu activity usually lasts through March,” said the DPH. The vaccine is still available and the DPH said it appears to be effective. An estimated 250 to 1,...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Flu Flu Deaths Local TV Source Type: news

A lack of antibody diversity may make the elderly more susceptible to the flu
(Cell Press) The influenza vaccine may be less effective in the elderly because their B cells are less capable of producing antibodies that can adapt to protect against new viral strains, researchers report Feb. 19 in the journal Cell Host& Microbe. With age, B cells and the antibodies they secrete acquire fewer mutations that would provide flexible protection against the ever-changing flu virus. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 19, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Flu Vaccine Effectiveness Under 50%, Low-Severity Season: CDC Flu Vaccine Effectiveness Under 50%, Low-Severity Season: CDC
Interim estimates put overall adjusted vaccine effectiveness for all influenza virus infection related to medically attended acute respiratory illness at 47% so far this season, the CDC reports.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

This Year ’ s Flu Shot Less Than 50% Effective, According To CDC
By Susan Scutti, CNN (CNN) — Don’t let your guard down: The US flu season is expected to continue for several more weeks, with activity across the nation now elevated, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. A flu shot is still recommended for those who have neglected to get one, but the CDC estimated this year’s vaccine’s overall effectiveness in preventing an infection at just 47%. The shot’s success varies based on your age, the CDC noted. Among children up to 17, its overall effectiveness against flu was 61%, while just 24% of adults 50 and older who received t...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN Flu Flu Shot Source Type: news

CDC: Severity of Influenza Season Low Through Feb. 2, 2019
THURSDAY, Feb. 14, 2019 -- The 2018 to 2019 influenza season has been low in severity so far, and overall vaccine effectiveness is about 47 percent, according to two reports published in the Feb. 15 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 14, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

This Year ’s Flu Shot Was Far More Effective Than Last Year’s. Here’s Why
The 2018-2019 flu season has been a relatively mild one — and a pretty effective flu shot is part of the reason why. Mid-season estimates suggest that the flu shot has reduced the risk of illness by around 47% in vaccinated people, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released Thursday. During the severe 2017-2018 flu season, vaccine efficacy was estimated at just 36%. The difference is partly because the dominant influenza virus last year, H3N2, is known to cause more serious illnesses and to be less responsive to vaccination than other strains. This year, H1N1 — whic...
Source: TIME: Health - February 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime public health Source Type: news

Flu Shot Much More Effective This Year, CDC Says
THURSDAY, Feb. 14, 2019 -- This year's flu shot is already outperforming the vaccine issued during the tough 2017-2018 influenza season, federal health officials reported Thursday. The 2017-2018 flu shot offered just 25 percent effectiveness... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 14, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

New VaxArray publication on influenza neuraminidase quantification
(InDevR, Inc.) InDevR Inc. announced publication of 'A Neuraminidase Potency Assay for Quantitative Assessment of Neuraminidase in Influenza Vaccines' in npj Vaccines. The manuscript focuses on accuracy and precision for the VaxArray Influenza Seasonal Neuraminidase assay as tested to ICH guidelines. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 6, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

6 flu-related deaths so far this season, as Eastern Health adds 2 more clinics
"The only true way to protect ourselves against influenza is to get vaccinated," says public health nurse Nicolle Garrett. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nfld. & Labrador Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic Minute: Vaccine researcher's advice about the flu
Thinking of skipping a flu shot this year? The researcher who leads the effort to find an effective vaccine for the influenza virus strongly urges you to reconsider. "People think, well, it's just the flu," explains Dr. Gregory Poland, head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group. "In the U.S. alone last year, 80,000 Americans died [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - February 5, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Questionable data being pushed to support annual flu vaccination campaigns
(Natural News) The obnoxious annual marketing campaign for flu vaccinations is founded upon questionable data and false promises. Every year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collects influenza virus samples from sick people around the world and reports to the World Health Organization (WHO) to help predict which flu virus strains are... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

2019 ACIP Schedule Updates Influenza, Hepatitis Vaccine Recs 2019 ACIP Schedule Updates Influenza, Hepatitis Vaccine Recs
The schedule also includes updated recommendations for influenza and hepatitis B vaccines.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Heat waves, food insecurity due to climate change may weaken immune systems
(University of Tokyo) Heat waves can reduce the body's immune response to flu, according to new research in mice at the University of Tokyo. The results have implications for how climate change may affect the future of vaccinations and nutrition. University of Tokyo Associate Professor Takeshi Ichinohe and third-year doctoral student Miyu Moriyama investigated how high temperatures affect mice infected with influenza virus. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 4, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

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Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework for the sharing of influenza viruses and access to vaccines and other benefits Draft decision proposed by Secretariat with amendments by Member States (Source: WHO Governing Body Documentation)
Source: WHO Governing Body Documentation - January 31, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Single flu vaccine set for use in all adults next winter
NHS England confirms plan for single vaccine Related items fromOnMedica Influenza Patients often avoid vaccinations due to fear of side effects Chief medical officer launches push for flu jab drive Flu is at ‘moderate’ levels, says Public Health England (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 25, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Flu activity appears to be nearing its peak
PHE says flu levels are of low intensity Related items fromOnMedica Influenza Patients often avoid vaccinations due to fear of side effects Single flu vaccine set for use in all adults next winter Chief medical officer launches push for flu jab drive (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 25, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

This season's flu shot far more effective than last year's, Canadian team finds
This season's influenza vaccine appears to have reduced the risk of infection with the dominate circulating flu strain by 72 per cent, interim Canadian results suggest. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Disparity in Flu, Pneumococcal Vaccination Among Older Adults Disparity in Flu, Pneumococcal Vaccination Among Older Adults
What factors are associated with disparities in influenza and pneumococcal vaccination rates among non-Hispanic black, Hispanic, and Asian American adults aged 50 and older?Preventing Chronic Disease (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Flu vaccination keeps COPD patients out of the hospital
(Elsevier) A new study published in the January issue of CHEST ® establishes that patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) face heightened risks of death, critical illness, and hospitalization if they develop the flu and demonstrates the beneficial effects of influenza vaccination. The report also reveals gaps in care that need to be addressed, including less-than-universal influenza vaccination in patients with COPD and failure to provide an antiviral medication in a timely manner once the patient is diagnosed with the flu. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 23, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

FDA Approves Use of 0.5 mL Dose of Fluzone Quadrivalent (influenza vaccine) in Children as Young as 6 Months of Age
BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Jan. 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of the 0.5 mL dose of Fluzone Quadrivalent (influenza vaccine) to include children age 6 through 35 months. Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccine... (Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals)
Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals - January 23, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Superbugs, Anti-Vaxxers Make WHO ’ s List Of 10 Global Health Threats
(CNN) — From climate change to superbugs, the World Health Organization has laid out 10 big threats to our global health in 2019. And unless these threats get addressed, millions of lives will be in jeopardy. Here’s a snapshot of 10 urgent health issues, according to the United Nations’ public health agency: Not vaccinating when you can One of the most controversial recent health topics in the US is now an international concern. “Vaccine hesitancy — the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines — threatens to reverse progress made in tackling vaccine-prevent...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN Local TV Source Type: news

Chief medical officer launches push for flu jab drive
Thousands of adults missing out, warns CMO Related items fromOnMedica Cardiac experts urge patients to get flu vaccine Influenza Flu is at ‘moderate’ levels, says Public Health England Childhood vaccine uptake slumps in England (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 21, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The Bacteria In Your Nose Could Protect You From The Flu
BOSTON (CBS) — Could the bacteria that live in your nose and throat help protect you from the flu? Researchers at the University of Michigan say it’s possible. Researchers collected samples of nose and throat bacteria from people who were living with someone sick with influenza. They found that people with a certain community of bacteria – in other words, a certain microbiome – were more susceptible to catching it. This suggests that the bacteria that live in people’s nasal passages or throat might affect their chances of infections and could perhaps affect how they respond to vaccines. (WBZ-T...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Mass vaccination for influenza a failed strategy, scientists admit... it simply doesn't reduce influenza-related hospital admissions at all
(Natural News) Mass vaccination against the pandemic influenza A/H1N1 infection fell short on expected results, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal. Researchers examined a cohort of 388,069 patients younger than 65 years old, who were given the H1N1 vaccination between November 2009 and January 2010 when the transmission of pandemic influenza was... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flu has sickened about 7 million in the U.S. so far, and half needed medical care
CDC releases estimates of influenza illness for first time during flu season (instead of after) to underscore importance of getting vaccinated. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

The flu has sickened about 7 million in the U.S. so far, CDC estimates
CDC releases estimates of influenza illness for the first time during flu season (instead of after) to underscore the importance of getting vaccinated. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

The Flu Is Widespread in the U.S., and It ’ s Not Too Late to Get Vaccinated
In the last three months, 6 to 7 million people have caught the flu, and the season isn ’ t over yet. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DENISE GRADY Tags: Influenza Vaccination and Immunization Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Source Type: news

Flu Vaccination Safe for Hospitalized Patients
THURSDAY, Jan. 10, 2019 -- Influenza vaccination during hospitalization is associated with reduced risk for readmission, outpatient visits, fever, and clinical evaluations for infection postdischarge, according to a study published online Jan. 8 in... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 10, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Demystifying Medicine 2019
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH). Published: 1/8/2019. This one-hour, 48-minute presentation discusses the history of pandemics, their challenges, and the next influenza pandemic. Topics include the role of viral, host, and secondary bacterial factors in influenza pathogenesis; contemporary Avian influenza, and why an HIV vaccine Is essential for ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic. (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 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Demystifying Medicine 2019: The Next Influenza Pandemic and Ending the HIV/AIDS Pandemic: Follow the Science
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH). Published: 1/8/2019. This one-hour, 48-minute presentation discusses the history of pandemics, their challenges, and the next influenza pandemic. Topics include the role of viral, host, and secondary bacterial factors in influenza pathogenesis; contemporary Avian influenza, and why an HIV vaccine Is essential for ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic. (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 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Influenza has killed 3 unvaccinated Sask. preschoolers so far this season: public health officials
Health officials are pleading with families to get flu shots, with hospitalization rates for the flu this season highest for children under age nine. Only one in three Saskatchewan toddlers has had the vaccine, the provincial health authority says. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Saskatoon Source Type: news

Flu Vaccine Cuts Flu-Related Hospitalization in COPD Patients
MONDAY, Jan. 7, 2019 -- For patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) hospitalization, influenza vaccination is associated with a significant reduction in influenza-related hospitalization, according to a study published online Jan.... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 7, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Flu Shot More Effective Than Nasal Vaccine For Kids, Study Finds
By Jacqueline Howard, CNN (CNN) — When it comes to vaccinating yourself — or your kids — against the flu, there are two options in the United States: a traditional shot or a nasal spray. Yet among children, the nasal spray appeared to have reduced effectiveness against the flu, compared with the shot, in past flu seasons, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday. That finding, which involved analyzing data from several previous studies, seems to align with existing research. “We were able to better describe vaccine effectiveness in age groups that the individual s...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN Flu Flu Shot Flu Vaccine Source Type: news

Flu Season Got Off to a Slow Start. But Now It ’s Widespread in Almost Half the Country
After a relatively slow start to flu season, influenza activity is now widespread in nearly half of U.S. states. Twenty-four states and Guam were reporting widespread influenza activity — meaning the virus has spread to many parts of the state, regardless of severity — as of Dec. 29, the latest date included in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) weekly flu report. Meanwhile, 19 states and New York City were reporting high levels of influenza-like illness activity, meaning a much higher-than-average proportion of doctor’s visits could be attributed to the flu. Nationally, about 4%...
Source: TIME: Health - January 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime public health Source Type: news

Recent Nasal Preps Less Effective Than Injected Vax for Flu in Kids
MONDAY, Jan. 7, 2019 -- The quadrivalent live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV4) is less effective than inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) against influenza A/H1N1pdm09 in all pediatric age groups, according to research published online Jan. 7 in... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 7, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Progress in Achieving Universal Influenza Vaccines Progress in Achieving Universal Influenza Vaccines
How close are we to creating a universal influenza vaccine?American Journal of Epidemiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news