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WATCH: Federal officials say flu epidemic has killed at least 30 children
The CDC's latest influenza-associated pediatric mortality report released Friday shows that at least 10 children died between Jan. 6 and Jan. 13, and the others have died the since the flu season started in October. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GMA Source Type: news

This season’s flu is officially classified an “epidemic” as the rate of young children requiring hospitalization doubles in a week – and the CDC warns new strains are emerging
(Natural News) The rate of young children requiring hospitalization has doubled in just a week as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warns of new, emerging strains of influenza. It’s disturbing to watch, year after year, as the mainstream media uses disease, tragedy, and epidemics to sell more ineffective flu vaccines and Tamiflu for their pharmaceutical sponsors. So much knowledge about... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Deadly flu season particularly rough on kids -- and won't peak anytime soon
The Centers for Disease Control reports 30 children have died from influenza since October, and the number of states hit with high flu-like illness is now up to 32 (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - January 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC Flu Tracking Will Continue Despite the Government Shutdown
The CDC will continue tracking this year’s particularly severe flu season during the government shutdown, according to a contingency plan from the Department of Health and Human Services. While the government is shut down, only federal activity deemed essential remains uninterrupted — and, according to the HHS document, that will include influenza monitoring and reporting. “CDC’s immediate response to urgent disease outbreaks, including seasonal influenza, would continue,” the plan says. “To continue ongoing influenza surveillance, CDC would collect data being reported by states, hospita...
Source: TIME: Health - January 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime public health Source Type: news

Dry, chesty cough? How to get rid of the Aussie flu symptom - and if cough medicine works
A DRY, chesty cough is one of the symptoms of Aussie flu - a potentially deadly strain of the influenza virus. But what ’s the best way to get rid of the cough - cough medicine or another remedy? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - January 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Our Complacency About the Flu Is Killing Us
Everyone’s talking—and rightly so—about this year’s flu season, which is on its way to becoming the worst in 15 years. The news is full of stories about hospitals resorting to tents to accommodate the influx of patients and parents dealing with school closings in nearly every state. We count and mourn the dead. As a family doctor, my heart is with those patients and their families. As a global health professional with four decades of experience in combating epidemics, my mind is on the one critical thing we aren’t talking about at all as we suffer in this flu season: complacency. Put plainly, ...
Source: TIME: Health - January 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jonathan D. Quick, MD, MPH Tags: Uncategorized deaths from flu 2018 flu epidemic flu epidemic 2018 flu peak flu season 2018 flu shot effectiveness healthytime how many people have died from the flu new flu symptoms public health why are people dying of the flu Source Type: news

Doctors Underdiagnosing Flu Among Older Patients Doctors Underdiagnosing Flu Among Older Patients
Patients over age 65 who are hospitalized for influenza-like illness were less likely to receive diagnostic tests from providers than were younger patients, a new study showed.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

The Flu May Be Spread Just By Breathing, Study Says
For years, you’ve been told to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, especially when you’re sick. But a new study finds that it may be possible to spread the flu just by breathing—no coughing or sneezing required. “People shed a lot of virus all the time, even when they don’t cough,” says Donald Milton, author of the study published in PNAS and a professor of environmental health at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. “As a result, it’s important to realize you can be infectious at any time.” During the 2012-2013 flu season, Milton and his colleague...
Source: TIME: Health - January 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized coughing flu flu 2018 flu 2018 symptoms flu breathing flu prevention flu season 2018 flu spread by breathing flu symptoms healthytime influenza medicine onetime public health Research Source Type: news

This Flu Map Shows How the Biggest Influenza Outbreak in Years Spread Across the U.S.
With months left to go in the 2018 flu season, the U.S. has already hit an unfortunate benchmark, as shown on the flu map below: For the first time in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 13 years of influenza monitoring, every state in the continental U.S. is seeing “widespread” virus activity. The U.S. is experiencing such an active flu season that the CDC held a special briefing on the topic last week, explaining that there’s an uptick in both confirmed cases of the disease and hospitalizations related to it this year. The flu is so widespread, in fact, that the agency has declared it...
Source: TIME: Health - January 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme and David Johnson Tags: Uncategorized CDC centers for disease control and prevention flu flu season 2018 flu shot healthytime influenza interactive studio interactive studios medicine onetime public health Source Type: news

‘Widespread’ Flu Is Causing Churches to Alter Mass
(PORTLAND, Maine) — Widespread influenza across Maine has prompted the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland to alter some traditions to keep parishioners healthy. The diocese announced Thursday that it’s suspending the sharing of consecrated wine during communion and holding hands during the Lord’s Prayer. The diocese is also discouraging parishioners from shaking hands while greeting each other during the passing of the peace. Other specific guidance calls for priests to place the host into worshippers’ hands instead of on their tongues during communion, and to use hand sanitizer before and after com...
Source: TIME: Health - January 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized APH flu healthytime onetime Source Type: news

Peace be with you, but no touching: Flu season altering Mass
Widespread influenza across Maine has prompted the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland to alter some traditions to keep parishioners healthy (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Flu virus killing more than 100 people per week
The number of flu deaths this season is more than double what it was at this time last year. According to the CDC, at least 759 people have died from the influenza virus since Oct. 7. Dr. Tara Narula reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - January 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

GP practices saw more than 30,000 patients with flu-like symptoms since 2018, RSC found
GP practices in England saw a 150% increase in patients’ attendance for influenza-like-symptoms (ILI) since the beginning of 2018, latest figures published by the Royal College of GPs' Research and Surveillance Centre (RSC) have shown. During the second week of January (8-14 January), the RSC registered an increase more than 9,000 (42%) extra patients presenting to GP practices with flu-related symptoms in comparison with the previous week, for a total of around 31,300 patients.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - January 19, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patient Access Patients Latest News Source Type: news

WATCH: More schools close across the US amid flu outbreak
Officials report there have been 60,000 confirmed cases of influenza since December as the CDC prepares to release new figures on the impact of the flu outbreak. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GMA Source Type: news

UK now in grip of ‘most significant’ flu season for seven years
Seasonal influenza levels have continued to rise in the last week across the UK, according to Public Health England, with the country now experiencing the most significant flu season since 2010-11. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - January 19, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Older hospitalized adults are infrequently tested for influenza
(Wiley) This year's flu season is shaping up to be an especially serious one, and it's important for clinicians to promptly recognize, diagnosis, and treat influenza in hospitalized patients, especially in vulnerable populations such as older individuals. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 19, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

The flu vaccine could get a much-needed boost
More than 700,000 Americans were hospitalized due to illnesses associated with the seasonal flu during the 2014 –15 flu season, according to federal estimates. A radical new approach to vaccine development at UCLA may help lower that figure for future flu seasons.The scientists used leading-edge genomics to identify and eliminate the virus ’s defense mechanisms, enabling them to develop a vaccine “candidate” — meaning that it must still undergo evaluation and approval by the FDA — that in animals has been proven to be safe and highly effective against influenza.In the study, which was pu...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - January 19, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Aussie flu MAPPED: Countries across the globe hit by influenza virus - with cases rising
AUSSIE flu is just one of the strains of influenza causing havoc around the world at the moment - symptoms are the same as normal flu but considered more severe. As well as causing havoc in the UK the virus has spread globally, and the countries to see an increase in the number of cases in the last week were revealed in a report today. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Yes, Lots of People Are Getting the Flu. No, This Season Isn ’ t So Unusual. Here ’ s Why.
The virus is widespread, and the vaccine is a poor match. But while some areas are hit hard, others have been spared, and deaths are not unusually common this season. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Influenza Epidemics Vaccination and Immunization Centers for Disease Control and Prevention United States Source Type: news

Yes, Lots of People Are Getting Flu Symptoms. No, This Season Isn ’ t So Unusual. Here ’ s Why.
The virus is widespread, and the vaccine is a poor match. But while some areas are hit hard, others have been spared, and deaths are not unusually common this season. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Influenza Epidemics Vaccination and Immunization Centers for Disease Control and Prevention United States Source Type: news

Scientists seek super-shot for flu 100 years after pandemic
A century after one of history's most catastrophic disease outbreaks, scientists are rethinking how to guard against another super-flu like the 1918 influenza that killed tens of millions as it swept the globe. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Questions and Answers About This Year ’ s Flu Season
The virus is widespread, and the vaccine is a poor match. But while some areas are hit hard, others have been spared, and deaths are not unusually common this season. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Influenza Epidemics Vaccination and Immunization Centers for Disease Control and Prevention United States Source Type: news

Aussie flu warning: Symptoms of virus could trigger this long-term inflammatory disease
AUSSIE flu has infected thousands of people in the UK and reports of people with the influenza virus are still rising. The symptoms can be miserable for anyone, but they can also trigger asthma attacks. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Panacea Biotec partners Serum Institute for hexavalent vaccine
The vaccine is a combination of six antigens to protect against six dreaded diseases - Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Hepatitis B, Haemophilus influenza type B and Polio. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - January 18, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Flu may be spread just by breathing, new UMD-led study shows
(University of Maryland) It is easier to spread the influenza virus (flu) than previously thought, according to a new study released today. People commonly believe that they can catch the flu by exposure to droplets from an infected person's coughs or sneezes or by touching contaminated surfaces. But, new information about flu transmission reveals that we may pass the flu to others just by breathing. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 18, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Genome-wide identification of interferon-sensitive mutations enables influenza vaccine design
In conventional attenuated viral vaccines, immunogenicity is often suboptimal. Here we present a systematic approach for vaccine development that eliminates interferon (IFN)–modulating functions genome-wide while maintaining virus replication fitness. We applied a quantitative high-throughput genomics system to influenza A virus that simultaneously measured the replication fitness and IFN sensitivity of mutations across the entire genome. By incorporating eight IFN-sensitive mutations, we generated a hyper–interferon-sensitive (HIS) virus as a vaccine candidate. HIS virus is highly attenuated in IFN-competent h...
Source: ScienceNOW - January 18, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Du, Y., Xin, L., Shi, Y., Zhang, T.-H., Wu, N. C., Dai, L., Gong, D., Brar, G., Shu, S., Luo, J., Reiley, W., Tseng, Y.-W., Bai, H., Wu, T.-T., Wang, J., Shu, Y., Sun, R. Tags: Genetics, Microbiology r-articles Source Type: news

Aussie flu MAPPED: USA outbreak MAP as virus spreads to almost EVERY American state
AUSSIE flu is continuing to cause havoc in the UK with symptoms showing in an increasing number of Britons. But the deadly virus is now sweeping through the USA - a map reveals the states where influenza is most widespread. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - January 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Aussie flu WARNING: Deadly virus now rife in USA - map reveals worst hit states
AUSSIE flu is continuing to cause havoc in the UK with symptoms showing in an increasing number of Britons. But the deadly virus is now sweeping through the USA - a map reveals the states where influenza is most widespread. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - January 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why your birth year may increase your risk of dying during a flu pandemic
New research suggests that the year you were born may increase your risk of death in an influenza pandemic. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Hamilton Source Type: news

Aussie flu: What is the deadly viral infection that’s rampaged the UK?
AUSSIE flu has spread across the UK, and about 500 people have been hospitalised by the Australian influenza infection. But, what is the virus specifically, and what are the symptoms to look out for? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - January 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Global Health: ‘ Smart Thermometers ’ Track Flu Season in Real Time
Can 500,000 thermometers transmitting 25,000 readings a day forecast the spread of flu more accurately than the C.D.C.? (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Influenza Thermometers Fever Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Smartphones Source Type: news

Previous influenza virus exposures enhance susceptibility in another influenza pandemic
(McMaster University) New data analysis suggests that people born at the time of the 1957 H2N2 or Asian Flu pandemic were at a higher risk of dying during the 2009 H1N1 Swine Flu pandemic as well as the resurgent H1N1 outbreak in 2013-2014. And it is not the first time this has happened. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 16, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Flu Activity Widespread Across U.S., But Season May Have Peaked
The entire continental U.S. is experiencing widespread influenza activity, the CDC reported on Friday. This is the first time in at least 13 years that... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - January 16, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Reminding people about vaccinations can increase rates of immunization
Anupdated Cochrane Review, published in the Cochrane Library today, suggests that reminding people when their vaccinations are due or overdue increases the number of people being immunized.Rates of immunization against infectious diseases in children and adults are improving, but under-vaccination remains a problem that results in vaccine-preventable deaths and illnesses. In Europe, 11,316 cases of measles were reported during 2012, and an estimated four to 50 million symptomatic cases of flu occur each year.Reminders can be sent to patients, parents or guardians, or whole populations when vaccines are due, either because ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - January 15, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Hallucinations After Taking Tamiflu: How Much Is Real Versus Not Real?
After taking Tamiflu for influenza, a 6 year-old girl from Allen, Texas, reportedly began hallucinating, ran away from school, and tried to jump out a window. This is not the first such report. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 15, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Contributor Source Type: news

Aussie flu ‘epidemic’: This simple trick could help prevent deadly infection spreading
AUSSIE flu symptoms include fevers, sore throats, headaches and diarrhoea. You can lower the spread of the deadly Australian virus by coughing into your elbow instead of your hands, an influenza expert has revealed on ITV ’s This Morning. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - January 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Aussie flu ‘epidemic’: Stop virus spreading by coughing into your elbow
AUSSIE flu symptoms include fevers, sore throats, headaches and diarrhoea. You can lower the spread of the deadly Australian virus by coughing into your elbow instead of your hands, an influenza expert has revealed on ITV ’s This Morning. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - January 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The New Health Care: Still Not Convinced You Need a Flu Shot? First, It ’ s Not All About You
Adults also need to get vaccinated to provide herd immunity for others, especially babies and older people. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: AARON E. CARROLL Tags: Influenza Vaccination and Immunization Deaths (Fatalities) Epidemics Children and Childhood Source Type: news

Why is this year's flu season so bad?
Flu season is here and its impact is being felt across the country. According to the most recent numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every single state, except Hawaii, is reporting widespread influenza activity, up significantly from the same time last year. Dr. David Agus joins "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to discuss why this season is particularly bad, some of the challenges hospitals face in dealing with the influx of patients and a recent open letter from some Apple stakeholders calling on the tech giant to address the negative outcomes of its products on children. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - January 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Aussie flu symptoms: FIVE ways to prevent getting deadly viral infection
AUSSIE flu has swept across the UK, leaving almost 500 people hospitalised since the beginning of the flu season. This is how you could lower your risk of becoming infected by the deadly influenza virus. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - January 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

C.D.C. Postpones Session Preparing Us for Nuclear War
After the agency ’ s workshop attracted considerable media attention, especially given President Trump ’ s recent words with North Korea, the session has been postponed. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SHEILA KAPLAN Tags: Nuclear Weapons Politics and Government Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Trump, Donald J Influenza Source Type: news

C.D.C. Postpones Session Preparing U.S. for Nuclear War
After the agency ’ s workshop attracted considerable media attention, especially given President Trump ’ s recent words with North Korea, the session has been postponed. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SHEILA KAPLAN Tags: Nuclear Weapons Politics and Government Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Trump, Donald J Influenza Source Type: news

How to avoid catching the flu
Since October, more than 3,800 people have been admitted to hospital with the influenza virus, and 85 people have died of it so far this winter. This week the number of flu cases jumped by 78 per cent. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

In the Flu Battle, Hydration and Elevation May Be Your Best Weapons
Bring on the soup: Fluids will help diminish your headache and bolster your immune response. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: KATE MURPHY Tags: Influenza Tamiflu (Drug) Relenza (Drug) Interferon (Protein) Viruses Fever Vaccination and Immunization Respiratory System Source Type: news

US Influenza Activity Widespread and Intense, May Be Peaking US Influenza Activity Widespread and Intense, May Be Peaking
The US is experiencing a very active flu season and early signs suggest that the season may be severe, federal health officials say, with'almost a doubling'of hospitalizations in just the past week.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - January 12, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Alert Source Type: news

CDC says, ‘There ’ s lots of flu in lots of places. ’ And it ’ s not going away anytime soon.
A nasty flu season is in full swing across the United States, with a sharp increase in the number of older people and young children getting hospitalized, federal health officials said Friday. The latest weekly data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show influenza has spread across the country. “Flu is everywhere in the United States […]Related:First treatment approved for breast cancer with BRCA genetic mutationFDA warns against giving kids cough and cold medicines with codeine or hydrocodoneNew study on abortion pill shows high success, low rate of complications (Source: Wash...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flu in U.S. now widespread but season may be peaking: CDC
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Seasonal influenza is now widespread across the continental United States, causing severe illness and rising numbers of hospitalizations, but this year's outbreak may be peaking, government health officials said on Friday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

5 more dogs test positive for canine influenza in Canada
Five dogs in Canada that came into contact with two others with H3N2 canine influenza have also tested positive. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Windsor Source Type: news

FDA Expands Indication for Fluarix Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine FDA Expands Indication for Fluarix Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine
GlaxoSmithKline's four-strain influenza vaccine Fluarix is now indicated to help prevent influenza in children as young as 6 months.FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Alert Source Type: news

GSK receives FDA approval for expanded indication for FLUARIX(R) QUADRIVALENT (Influenza Vaccine) for persons 6 months and older
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 12, 2018 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- GSK [LSE/NYSE: GSK] announced today it has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research expanding the indication fo... Biopharmaceuticals, FDA GSK, FLUARIX QUADRIVALENT, Influenza Vaccine (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - January 12, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news