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Global Health: Bird Flu Is Spreading in Asia, Experts (Quietly) Warn
Dire predictions of a flu pandemic proved overblown in 2005 and 2009. Still, health officials are warning that the H7N9 virus, which can be lethal, is on the rise. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Influenza Epidemics Centers for Disease Control and Prevention World Health Organization China Australia Kawaoka, Yoshihiro Source Type: news

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

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

Can GPs help the UK avoid a serious flu crisis this winter?
GPs have been told to expect a bad flu season this winter after Australia faced one of its most deadly on record - but is the UK NHS any better prepared? (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 14, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Influenza Source Type: news

If You ’ re Sick, Stay Away From Work. If You Can ’ t, Here Is What Doctors Advise.
Those who have paid sick time should use it but often don ’ t, despite doctors ’ warnings that it risks infecting other people. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DANIEL VICTOR Tags: Paid Time Off Colds Sick days 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

Diabetes And Influenza: A Dangerous Combination
The flu can complicate diabetes. Influenza is highly contagious, as the viruses are spread when an infected person coughs (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News 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

South Africa:MEC Alan Winde On Avian Influenza Infections in Western Cape
[Govt of SA] There have been no new confirmed avian influenza infections. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 8, 2017 Category: African Health 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

Researchers discover new mechanism for battling influenza
(University of Colorado at Boulder) Just as flu season swings into full gear, researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder and University of Texas at Austin have uncovered a previously unknown mechanism by which the human immune system tries to battle the influenza A virus. The discovery sheds new light on how the virus -- which kills 12,000 to 56,000 people in the United States annually -- often wins, and it could ultimately lead to new treatments. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 8, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

40 Percent Of Doctors, Nurses Have Gone To Work With The Flu, Survey Finds
CBS Local — As flu season kicks into high gear, a new report is revealing the unhealthy habits of the people entrusted with keeping Americans healthy. According to a survey of nearly 2,000 healthcare professionals, over 40 percent who say they’ve worked while sick actually had the flu as they met patients. “The statistics are alarming. At least one earlier study has shown that patients who are exposed to a healthcare worker who is sick are five times more likely to get a healthcare-associated infection,” lead author Dr. Sophia Chiu wrote in the survey’s release. “We recommend a...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Chris Melore Doctors Flu flu season Nurses talkers Source Type: news

H3N2 Virus in Swine at Fairs and Transmission to Humans H3N2 Virus in Swine at Fairs and Transmission to Humans
Human influenza A virus infections were reported after exposure to infected swine at agricultural fairs.Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article 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

Natco's partner Alvogen gets nod for influenza drug in US
In December last year, Alvogen launched the first generic equivalent to oseltamivir phosphate capsules in the United States. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - November 3, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

National Pandemic Strategy
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 06/15/2017 This Web page provides information and documents that guide the United States'preparedness and response in an influenza pandemic, with the intent of stopping, slowing, or otherwise limiting the spread of a pandemic to the United States; limiting the domestic spread of a pandemic, mitigating disease, suffering, and death; and sustaining infrastructure and mitigating impact to the economy and the functioning of society. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Strategic Partnership Network: About Influenza
World Health Organization. 2017 This Web page provides a list of countries that currently have influenza pandemic preparedness plans available on public Web sites. It includes a map and table of participating countries, and a pie chart that displays the proportion of each of the four pandemic preparedness plans'development or update status among all 194 countries on the list. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Influenza Risk Assessment Tool (IRAT): Questions and Answers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 11/03/2016 This Web page provides questions and answers about the Influenza Risk Assessment Tool (IRAT), an evaluation tool developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and external influenza experts that assesses the potential pandemic risk posed by influenza A viruses that currently circulate in animals but not in humans. Topics include limitations of the tool, and the evaluation criteria used by the tool. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Pandemic Intervals Framework (PIF)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 11/03/2016 This Web page provides the Pandemic Intervals Framework (PIF), which describes the progression of an influenza pandemic using six intervals. The framework is used to guide influenza pandemic planning and provides recommendations for risk assessment, decision-making, and action in the United States. These intervals provide a common method to describe pandemic activity which can inform public health actions. The duration of each pandemic interval might vary depending on the characteristics of the virus and the public health response. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resourc...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine 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

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

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

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

Survey: At least one-quarter of American workers go to work sick
American workers are not doing their part in combating the spread of influenza, according to a new survey by the National Sanitation Foundation. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China
On 8 and 15 September 2017, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (NHFPC) notified WHO of two additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in China. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - October 26, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: 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

Potent peptidic fusion inhibitors of influenza virus
We report here on the design and structural characterization of potent peptidic inhibitors of influenza hemagglutinin. The peptide design was based on complementarity-determining region loops of human broadly neutralizing antibodies against the hemagglutinin (FI6v3 and CR9114). The optimized peptides exhibit nanomolar affinity and neutralization against influenza A group 1 viruses, including the 2009 H1N1 pandemic and avian H5N1 strains. The peptide inhibitors bind to the highly conserved stem epitope and block the low pH–induced conformational rearrangements associated with membrane fusion. These peptidic compounds ...
Source: ScienceNOW - October 26, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Kadam, R. U., Juraszek, J., Brandenburg, B., Buyck, C., Schepens, W. B. G., Kesteleyn, B., Stoops, B., Vreeken, R. J., Vermond, J., Goutier, W., Tang, C., Vogels, R., Friesen, R. H. E., Goudsmit, J., van Dongen, M. J. P., Wilson, I. A. Tags: Biochemistry, Epidemiology r-articles Source Type: news

Moderate Influenza Season to Come, New Model Predicts Moderate Influenza Season to Come, New Model Predicts
A computational tool wedding viral evolution and epidemiology predicted an above-average H3N2 influenza season in 2017 to 2018, but not as severe as last year (which the model accurately predicted).Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Kansas Influenza Surveillance Activities and a Recap of the 2016-2017 Season (August 2017)
report summarizes 2016-2017 flu season surveillance data for Kansas. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - October 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Guidance on outbreaks of influenza in care homes poster
This information poster for recognising an influenza outbreak, infection and control measures is suitable for all social care settings. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 24, 2017 Category: UK 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

South Africa:Department Working to Control Avian Flu Outbreak
[SAnews.gov.za] The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has been working closely with several role players to control the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreak in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 23, 2017 Category: African Health 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

Dr. YouTube ... what's your diagnosis?
(American College of Chest Physicians) According to Pew Research center, in 2013, about six out of 10 Americans searched for health information online in the past year. With patients regularly turning to the internet for health advice, a group of researchers aimed to evaluate the educational quality of seasonal influenza videos on the user-generated, video-sharing platform, YouTube. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health 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

H7N9 influenza is both lethal and transmissible in animal model for flu
(University of Wisconsin-Madison) In 2013, an influenza virus began circulating among poultry in China. It caused several waves of human infection and as of late July 2017, nearly 1,600 people had tested positive for avian H7N9. Nearly 40 percent of those infected had died. In 2017, Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin-Madison received a sample of H7N9 virus isolated from a patient in China who had died of the flu. He and his research team subsequently began work to characterize and understand it. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 19, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases 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

South Africa:Government Exploring Solutions to Avian Influenza Outbreak
[SAnews.gov.za] Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana says the department is engaging the poultry industry to find ways to tackle the avian influenza outbreak. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 18, 2017 Category: African Health 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