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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

Point-of-Care Testing for Group A Streptococcus Infection and Influenza
Point of care (POC) testing has emerged as a critical tool in the early and rapid diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. While the mainstay of these POC tests has been lateral-flow-based antigen detection assays, recent technological advances in nucleic acid detection combined with regulatory changes has allowed more sensitive detection of infectious etiologies in the near-patient setting. This advancement is particularly impactful in the ambulatory setting, where rapid diagnosis can ensure appropriate treatment at the early stages of infection, both preventing more serious sequelae and also improving physician wo...
Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter - September 21, 2017 Category: Microbiology Authors: Jennifer Woo, Valerie Arboleda, Omai B. Garner 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

New flu drug performs well in early clinical trial
Researchers are reporting that a phase 1 clinical trial of the drug radavirsen, an drug to fight influenza, is safe and well-tolerated in healthy individuals. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News 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

Botswana: Botswana Ready to Tackle Avian Influenza
[Botswana Daily News] Maun -Botswana has come up with some strategic measures in an effort to prepare for the outbreak of Avian Influenza. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 20, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Swine flu may double risk for type 1 diabetes
Norwegians infected with the H1N1 influenza virus were twice as likely to develop type 1 diabetes, according to findings presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes Annual Meeting.Healio (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - September 20, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Radavirsen performs well in early influenza trial
(Wiley) A phase 1 clinical trial published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology found that radavirsen--an antisense oligomer that inhibits the production of certain influenza proteins -- is safe and well-tolerated in healthy individuals. Additional studies on radavirsen's potential as a treatment for influenza are warranted. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UNIST to track the spread of deadly Avian influenza
(Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology(UNIST)) South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology has embarked on a research project to develop a new type of tracking device, capable of monitoring the migration routes of wild birds. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 20, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases 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

Cells programmed like computers to fight disease
Cells can be programmed like a computer to fight cancer, influenza, and other serious conditions - thanks to a breakthrough in synthetic biology by the University of Warwick. Led by Professor Alfonso Jaramillo in the School of Life Sciences, new research has discovered that a common molecule - ribonucleic acid (RNA), which is produced abundantly by humans, plants and animals - can be genetically engineered to allow scientists to program the actions of a cell. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - September 18, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

Zydus' Nesher Pharma gets USFDA nod to market influenza drug
Zydus' Nesher Pharmaceuticals has received final approval from the USFDA to market Oseltamivir powder for oral suspension, 6 mg/ml, said the company. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - September 16, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals 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

Bad winter warnings spark call for nurses to have flu jab
Vaccinating as many staff as possible against influenza early in the season will be important if the health service is to cope with the predicted bad winter, infection control nurses have warned. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 14, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for September 13, 2017
Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. How squid ink could make going to the dentist painless Squid ink could be used as a new imaging method at the dentist to check for gum disease, according to new research from the University of California at San Diego. Combining...
Source: Mass Device - September 13, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: MassDevice Tags: Blog News Well Plus 5 Source Type: news

Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China
On 18, 25 August and 4 September 2017, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (NHFPC) notified WHO of four additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in China. (Source: WHO Avian Influenza)
Source: WHO Avian Influenza - September 13, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: avian influenza [subject], bird flu, avian flu, fowl plague, influenza in birds, avian bird flu, h5n1, avian influenza [subject], bird flu, avian flu, fowl plague, influenza in birds, avian bird flu, h5n1, influenza [subject], flu, seasonal influenza, pan 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

Wyss Institute launches human Organ Chip project to model influenza virus infection
(Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard) The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering has received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to leverage its human Organ-on-a-Chip (Organ Chip) microfluidic cell culture technology to develop clinically relevant in vitro models of influenza infection of human lung, and to identify new anti-viral therapeutics that act by modulating the host response to infection. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 13, 2017 Category: Biology 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

Aethlon Medical wins FDA EAP designation for Hemopurifier
Aethlon Medical (NSDQ:AEMD) said today it received an Expedited Access Pathway designation for its Aethlon Hemopurifier designed for treating life-threatening viruses. The San Diego-based company said its Hemopurifier has been validated to capture a “broad spectrum of viruses that are highly glycosylated”, which includes lethal strains of pandemic influenza, mosquito-borne viruses and hemorrhagic viruses with no currently approved treatment. “We are honored to have our Hemopurifier designated to the Expedited Access Pathway and additionally are pleased that FDA has also allowed our proposed &ldq...
Source: Mass Device - September 12, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Blood Management Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Aethlon Medical Inc. Source Type: news

H7N9 Avian Flu Continues to Spread, Worsen in China H7N9 Avian Flu Continues to Spread, Worsen in China
Asian avian influenza A has spread widely in China, and the latest outbreak gave rise to more resistant and pathogenic strains, increasing the risk for a pandemic, experts said.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Influenza Cases On the Increase
[The Herald] The Ministry of Health and Child Care is encouraging people to wear warm clothes, amid indications that cases of influenza are on the rise, with 7 483 suspected cases recorded in a week countrywide. The statistics are in the ministry's latest weekly disease update report. "Influenza continues to be a major challenge among the population as winter comes to an end and 7 483 suspected influenza cases were reported in week 34, bringing the total to 227 330 reported cases (since January) with no deaths recorded (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 12, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Adenovirus Type 14 in Students With Influenza-Like Illness Adenovirus Type 14 in Students With Influenza-Like Illness
A better understanding of the genomic variants of human adenoviruses may help in the assessment and management of patients presenting with influenza-like illness.Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Viral Networks: An Advanced Workshop in Digital Humanities and Medical History
Join the National Library of Medicine, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through a grant to Virginia Tech, for this exciting opportunity! On January 29-30, 2018, NLM will host Viral Networks: An Advanced Workshop in Digital Humanities and Medical History, bringing together scholars from various fields of medical history whose innovative research shows promise through the use of methods, tools, and data from the digital humanities. Viral Networks will combine a face-to-face workshop with structured virtual-editing activities to produce and advance the innovative scholarship of the participant...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - September 11, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Data Science Education News from NLM/NIH Technology 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

New Influenza Tests Faster, More Accurate, Study Suggests New Influenza Tests Faster, More Accurate, Study Suggests
The new tests may improve patient outcomes, and the findings should change guidelines to encourage their use, an editorialist writes.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Update: Increase in Human Infections with Novel Asian Lineage Avian Influenza A(H7N9) Viruses During the Fifth Epidemic — China, October 1, 2016–August 7, 2017
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - September 7, 2017 Category: American Health 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

Janssen ’ s respiratory panel wins 510(k) clearance
Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) subsidiary Janssen Diagnostics said today that it won 510(k) clearance from the FDA for its Idylla respiratory panel. The diagnostic test, developed in partnership with Biocartis Group, helps physicians identify viral respiratory infections, including infection from respiratory syncytial virus and influenza virus. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News. The post Janssen’s respiratory panel wins 510(k) clearance appeared first on MassDevice. (Source: Mass Device)
Source: Mass Device - September 5, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: 510(k) Diagnostics Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Respiratory Wall Street Beat janssendiagnostics johnsonandjohnson Source Type: news

Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China
On 4 August 2017, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (NHFPC) notified WHO of one additional laboratory-confirmed case of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in China. (Source: WHO Avian Influenza)
Source: WHO Avian Influenza - September 5, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: avian influenza [subject], bird flu, avian flu, fowl plague, influenza in birds, avian bird flu, h5n1, avian influenza [subject], bird flu, avian flu, fowl plague, influenza in birds, avian bird flu, h5n1, influenza [subject], flu, seasonal influenza, pan 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

Newer Rapid Flu Tests More Accurate Than Traditional Rapid Tests (FREE)
By Amy Orciari Herman Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH Newer rapid diagnostic tests for influenza — namely, digital immunoassays (DIAs) and rapid nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) — are more sensitive than traditional rapid flu tests, according to a … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - September 5, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Malawi: Govt Geared Up Amid Fears of Bird Flu
[Malawi News Agency] Lilongwe -Government has assured the general public that all strategies are in place to ensure that the country stays free from Avian Influenza, popularly known as bird flu. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 4, 2017 Category: African Health 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

The Role of Healthcare Professionals in Protecting Older Adults against Influenza
September 6, 2017 12:00-1:00pm ET. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - September 1, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health 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

Flu outbreak kills 7 residents in Australian aged care home
An influenza outbreak has killed seven residents of a care home for the elderly in Australia and sickened 116 other residents and staff (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health 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

South Africa: Minister Senzeni Zokwana - Media Briefing On Avian Influenza
[Govt of SA] Minister Senzeni Zokwana briefing the media on Avian Influenza (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 31, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news