Flu season may play a role in kidney failure deaths
(Reuters Health) - When influenza-like illnesses spread in the community, death rates go up for patients on dialysis, a new study shows. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews 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

Governments warned to stockpile antibiotics to prepare for the coming global pandemic
(Natural News) A new report is urging government officials to begin stockpiling antibiotics in preparation for a potential global influenza pandemic, claiming that doing so will ultimately end up saving authorities tens of billions of dollars. The first study yet to model the financial value of stockpiling antibiotics, the analysis claims that the world can... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News 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

Bat influenza viruses could infect humans
(University of Zurich) Bats don't only carry the deadly Ebola virus, but are also a reservoir for a new type of influenza virus. These newly discovered flu viruses could potentially also attack the cells of humans and livestock, researchers at the University of Zurich have now shown. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 20, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Earlier Oseltamivir May Cut Death Risk in Influenza A/H3N2 (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- No effect on mortality was observed for H1N1 and influenza B patients (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - February 19, 2019 Category: Primary Care 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 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

They ’ ve Taken America ’ s Temperature — and It ’ s Running High
Data from Kinsa, which makes internet-connected smart thermometers, indicates it ’ s a bad year for colds, but not the flu. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Influenza Fever Thermometers Colds United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Kinsa Inc your-feed-science 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

Earlier Tamiflu May Cut Death Risk in Some Severe Cases
(MedPage Today) -- Observed 30% decrease in mortality with early oseltamivir among influenza A/H3N2 patients in ICU (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - February 12, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Investing in antibiotics critical to saving lives during pandemic influenza outbreaks
(Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics& Policy) In a new study published in the journal Health Economics, researchers at CDDEP, the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, and Wageningen University in the Netherlands developed a mathematical framework to estimate the value of investing in developing and conserving an antibiotic to mitigate the burden of bacterial infections caused by resistant Staphylococcus aureus during a pandemic influenza outbreak. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 12, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Bets off for Britain's bookies after horse flu outbreak
A shutdown in British horse racing due to an outbreak of equine influenza is costing the bookmaking industry tens of millions of pounds, Betfair said on Friday, and could get much worse if the outbreak is prolonged. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Novel nanoparticle technology to identify healthcare-associated infections receives $1.5 million
(University of Toronto - Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy) Healthcare-associated infections are the fourth leading cause of death in Canada, predicted to move up to second place by 2050. Scientists at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto received $1.5 million in funding from Genome Canada to develop a new nanoparticle sensor technology that will allow hospitals and long-term care facilities to rapidly detect and visually identify highly infectious pathogens including C. difficile, methicillin-resistant S aureus (MRSA), Norovirus and influenza. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Why Asian horses don't get sick with the flu
(PLOS) Avian influenza viruses infect horses in Mongolia but do not cause large outbreaks of disease because they failed to acquire key genetic changes to enable greater cross-species transmissibility, according to a study published Feb. 7 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Pablo Murcia of the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research, and colleagues. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 7, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Aussie flu outbreak 2019: Is Aussie flu BACK? Latest maps as Aussie flu SPREADS
AUSSIE Flu is a deadly strain of influenza that has been circulating in the UK causing the hospitalisation of hundreds of people - but what is the latest situation after it continues to spread? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - February 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News 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

Chinese herbal medicine found to inhibit the flu virus
(Natural News) The influenza A virus, better known as the flu virus, is a leading cause of seasonal disease around the world, mainly because of the limited number of drug therapies available to treat it. In a study in Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B, researchers have found a potential treatment for the flu virus in a herbal pellet... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News 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

How lung tissue forms immune cell hubs in times of need
(Babraham Institute) Research uncovers how lung tissue is remodelled to support an immune response to influenza. The findings hold promise for broader immunisation against flu and the development of new therapeutic strategies for autoimmune diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 5, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases 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

Influenza Season Still Going Strong, CDC Says Influenza Season Still Going Strong, CDC Says
Seasonal influenza activity continued to rise in the United States during the week ending January 26 and is not expected to peak for several weeks, according to the CDC.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

Pregnant Women With Severe Flu More Likely to Have Poor Outcomes Pregnant Women With Severe Flu More Likely to Have Poor Outcomes
Pregnant women so sick with influenza that they're admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) are more likely to have premature and underweight babies than expectant mothers with milder flu and those who don't catch flu at all, a recent study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Baloxavir's Place in the Treatment of Flu Baloxavir's Place in the Treatment of Flu
We are learning more about baloxavir and how it differs from existing antiviral drugs for treating influenza. Paul Auwaerter describes the drug's potential advantages.Medscape Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Commentary Source Type: news

Pregnant women with severe flu more likely to have poor outcomes
(Reuters Health) - Pregnant women so sick with influenza that they're admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) are more likely to have premature and underweight babies than expectant mothers with milder flu and those who don't catch flu at all, a recent study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 31, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Eb144/conf./10
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

ASA: Flu-Like Illness Linked to Increased Risk for Stroke
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 30, 2019 -- Influenza-like illness (ILI) is associated with an increased risk for ischemic stroke and cervical artery dissection (CeAD), according to two studies presented at the American Stroke Association International Stroke... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 30, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

UR Medicine Implements Flu Restrictions to Help Stop Spread
With influenza now prevalent in our community, UR Medicine is taking the following steps to help limit the spread and best protect patients and staff at Strong Memorial Hospital, Highland Hospital, Golisano Children ’s Hospital, and Wilmot Cancer Center: (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - January 28, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

Flu May Be a Factor in Many Kidney Failure Deaths
MONDAY, Jan. 28, 2019 -- Seasonal flu and other respiratory infections may be especially dangerous for kidney failure patients, researchers say. A new study found that influenza-like illnesses likely contribute to more than 1,000 deaths among kidney... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 28, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Emerging research concludes that the Western diet is a "disease vector" on par with influenza
(Natural News) When you think of the causes of diseases, what comes to mind? Many people are quick to think of infections like influenza or hepatitis, but there is one very important disease vector that deserves a lot of attention yet seems to be largely overlooked: the unhealthy Western diet. After all, the Western diet... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

LSTM and Imperial College Researchers design new anti-influenza drugs
(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) Researchers at LSTM and Imperial College London have designed drugs which could help combat any potential new flu pandemic, by targeting the receptors of the cells by which the virus gains entry to the human body. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Classic TCM formula clinically validated to prevent influenza
(Natural News) A team of scientists from Jinan University in China has found that Kangbingdu (KDB), a herbal medicine widely used in traditional Chinese medicine, can improve symptoms of influenza. Their findings, which appeared in the journal Phytomedicine, support the popular use of the formula in treating flu symptoms. While KDB is a popular flu treatment in... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News 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

Flu-Like Illness Tied to Increased Relative Mortality in ESRD
THURSDAY, Jan. 24, 2019 -- Community activity for influenza-like illness (ILI) is associated with seasonal variation in all-cause mortality among patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), according to a study published online Jan. 24 in the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 24, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals 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

Pandemic Influenza
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Infectious Diseases (CDC OID). Published: 1/24/2019. This Web page provides information about pandemic influenza, which is a global outbreak of a new influenza A virus. Resources are provided about Pandemic Basics and Past Outbreaks; National Pandemic Strategy; and Monitoring for Influenza Viruses. The page also describes what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does regarding pandemic influenza, provides additional influenza resources and pandemic tools, and provides links to Planning and Preparedness Resources. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resourc...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 24, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health 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

Assessing the airborne survival of bacteria in aerosol droplets from coughs and sneezes
The airborne transmission of diseases including the common cold, influenza and tuberculosis is something that affects everyone with an average sneeze or cough sending around 100,000 contagious germs into the air at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - January 23, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Research; Faculty of Science, Faculty of Science, School of Chemistry; Press Release 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

For heart failure patients in hospital, flu boosts risk of complications, death
(Reuters Health) - When people with heart failure are hospitalized, having influenza is tied to greater odds of respiratory and kidney complications and a higher chance they won't survive to be discharged, a U.S. study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news