The US Domestic Influenza Virologic Surveillance Landscape The US Domestic Influenza Virologic Surveillance Landscape
The development of a process map characterizing the landscape of US influenza virologic surveillance may help improve pandemic planning and response efforts.Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

New Study Ties Obesity to Increased Risk of Flu Transmission
New research suggests that obesity in patients who contract influenza may prolong viral shedding time and increase the risk of spreading the virus to others. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 13, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Flu, Tdap, Shingles and More: A List of Vaccines for Age 50+
Every Vaccine You Need After Age 50 ... There are three vaccines every adult needs — Influenza, Tdap, and Shingles. Two others, Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B — are needed for certain risk factors. ..... (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - August 13, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Study: The coralbush plant shows potent anti-influenza activity
(Natural News) The coralbush (Jatropha multifida Linn.), a medicinal plant from Myanmar, has been reported to contain antimicrobial, antimalarial, and anti-tumor activities. In the study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the anti-influenza activity of coralbush was evaluated. The coralbush has been used in traditional medicine for treating various diseases. Researchers at... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Changes in Influenza Vaccination Requirements for Health Care Personnel in US Hospitals
Study compares the proportion of respondent hospitals requiring HCP to receive annual influenza vaccination between 2013 and 2017 and to assess the degree to which these proportions differed between Veterans Affairs (VA) and non-VA hospitals. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - August 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Try These Techniques to Boost Adolescent Immunizations
Residency programs that won AAFP Foundation Adolescent Immunization Awards share techniques that helped them boost vaccination rates for the following vaccine-preventable diseases: influenza; tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis; HPV infection; and meningitis. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 3, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Flu: People with obesity may be contagious for a longer time
New research suggests that it takes longer for people with obesity to shed the influenza virus, which may raise the risk of contagion. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Flu / Cold / SARS Source Type: news

You are more likely to get flu from a fat person: Heavier people shed the virus longer, study finds  
The US study, led by the University of Michigan, found that obese adults with flu symptoms were infectious with the influenza A virus for 42 per cent longer than those of normal weight. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UC Davis researchers find quiet viruses alter body's response to vaccines, pathogens
(University of California - Davis Health System) UC Davis researchers have shown that low levels of cytomegalovirus (CMV) have a significant impact on microbe and immune cell populations and how the immune system responds to the influenza vaccine. The study was published in the Journal of Virology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 3, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Obesity extends duration of influenza A virus shedding
NIH-funded study examines shedding in 320 households during three flu seasons. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - August 2, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Study suggests obesity may also impact flu transmission, not just severity of illness
(Infectious Diseases Society of America) Obesity increases a person's risk for severe complications from influenza, including hospitalization and even death. It may also play a role in how flu spreads, according to a new study published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases. The findings suggest that obese adults infected with flu shed the virus for a longer time than adults who are not obese, potentially increasing the opportunity for the infection to spread to others. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 2, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Obesity extends duration of influenza a virus shedding
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) Obesity, which increases influenza disease severity, also extends by about 1.5 days how long influenza A virus is shed from infected adults compared to non-obese adults, according to a multi-year study of two cohorts of Nicaraguan households. The findings implicate chronic inflammation caused by obesity as well as increasing age as reasons for extended viral shedding, which puts others at risk of infection. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 2, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Increased Flu Risk With Inflammatory Bowel Disease Increased Flu Risk With Inflammatory Bowel Disease
People with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) face a significantly increased risk of influenza, according to a retrospective database study.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Influenza incurs costs due to resource use and lost productivity
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - August 1, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Flu Vaccine Cuts Mortality in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients
TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 -- Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), particularly elderly patients, who receive the influenza vaccine have significantly lower morbidity and mortality, according to a study published in the June issue of the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 31, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Scientists study the anti-influenza virus activity of a traditional Vietnamese medicinal plant
(Natural News) The active ingredients present in the Polygonum chinense Linn., commonly referred to as the Chinese knotweed, could be used to treat common influenza viruses, in a study published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Researchers from Vietnam and South Korea looked at metabolites present in P. chinense to determine their mechanisms of antiviral activity. Researchers used both the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Quantifying Contact Rates and Mixing Patterns in Workers in Non-healthcare Work Settings in the United States to Support the Development of Prevention and Control Strategies for Reducing or Slowing the Transmission of Pandemic Influenza
The purpose of this project is to conduct research that describes individual social contact and mixing patterns in workers in non-healthcare work settings in the United States. The goal is to have a better estimate of social contacts in work places to support the development of prevention and control strategies for reducing or slowing the transmission of pandemic influenza. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - July 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Merge attack: Scientists find mechanism of virus penetration into living cell
(National University of Science and Technology MISIS) Viruses often present the main threat to the human body, with diseases like HIV, Herpes, Hepatitis, Ebola and forms of influenza, causing serious damage. A joint research team from the A.N. Frumkin Institute of Physical Chemistry& Electrochemistry, NUST MISIS, and MIPT have created a theoretical model describing the mechanical properties of the lipid membranes of both the virus and the targeted cells, making it possible to connect the mechanisms of membranes with cell resistance. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Nanoparticle vaccine made with peptides effective against influenza virus, study finds
(Georgia State University) A new, double-layered nanoparticle vaccine made with peptides has been found to effectively protect mice against influenza A virus, according to a study led by Georgia State University. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 30, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Progress and Remaining Gaps in Estimating the Global Disease Burden of Influenza
Dr. Joseph Bresee, Associate Director for Global Health at the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), discusses the current status of influenza prevention and control. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - July 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Westward Spread of Avian Influenza A Virus Among Humans Westward Spread of Avian Influenza A Virus Among Humans
This report provides insight into the origination and spread of human infection with H7N9 virus in China.Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

New York City Child Influenza Vaccination Rules Upheld by State's Highest Court
On June 28, 2018 in Garcia v. N.Y.C. Dep't of Health and Mental Hygiene (Department), the New York Court of Appeals upheld New York City's Health Code requiring annual flu vaccination of children (ages of 6 - 59 months) who attend city-regulated child care or school-based programs. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - July 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Liberia:WHO Wants Sentinel Surveillance Influenza Implemented in Hospitals
[Observer] The World Health Organization (WHO) has embarked on the implementation of the Sentinel Surveillance for Influenza in various hospitals, to reduce the death rate at the result of wrongful treatment. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 24, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Current Issues in Immunization NetConference: Influenza Update-2018-2019
August 7, 2018 12:00-1:00pm ET. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - July 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Influenza and Zoonoses Education among Youth in Agriculture
To improve influenza education and communication efforts around youth in agriculture, several government and non-governmental organizations partnered to launch a pilot program called Influenza Education among Youth in Agriculture. This program provides hands-on activities for youth, zoonotic disease curricula and lesson plans, educational workshops, biosecurity and handwashing posters, and also holds meetings to foster relationships, build networks, and achieve project goals to protect human and animal health. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - July 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Advancing Research Needed to Develop a Universal Influenza Vaccine (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Funding to support research activities that will advance NIAIDs mission to develop a universal influenza vaccine providing durable protection against multiple influenza strains, including efforts to: 1) improve understanding of transmission, natural history and pathogenesis of influenza virus infection; 2) characterize influenza immunity and correlates of immune protection; and 3) support rational design of universal influenza vaccines. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - July 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Aussie flu - flu jab did NOT protect against deadly winter H3N2 virus admits PHE
AUSSIE flu swept across the UK in January this winter, with thousands admitted to hospitals over the deadly H3N2 virus symptoms. But Public Health England has revealed the flu jab provided “no significant effectiveness” against the influenza virus. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - July 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Aussie flu - flu jab failed to protect against deadly winter H3N2 virus admits PHE
AUSSIE flu swept across the UK in January this winter, with thousands admitted to hospitals over the deadly H3N2 virus symptoms. But Public Health England has revealed the flu jab provided “no significant effectiveness” against the influenza virus. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - July 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Roche Touts New Flu Drug as Tamiflu Suffers Generics Hit Roche Touts New Flu Drug as Tamiflu Suffers Generics Hit
Swiss drugmaker Roche's hopes of recapturing lost ground in the generics-flooded influenza market got a boost after a late-stage study showed its new medicine reduced symptoms in people at high risk of complications.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

The welsh onion can combat the effects of a high-fat diet
(Natural News) More than just a cooking ingredient, Welsh onion (Allium fistulosum) has been used as a traditional medicine for treating colds, influenza, abdominal pain, headache, and heart disease. Research has yet discovered another health benefit of this superfood. In the study, published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, researchers revealed that it... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Roche touts new flu drug as Tamiflu suffers generics hit
Swiss drugmaker Roche's hopes of recapturing lost ground in the generics-flooded influenza market got a boost after a late-stage study showed its new medicine reduced symptoms in people at high risk of complications. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Roche lauds new flu drug trial as Tamiflu suffers generics hit
Swiss drugmaker Roche's hopes of regaining ground in the influenza market have been boosted after a late-stage study showed its investigational drug baloxavir marboxil reduced symptoms in people at high risk of complications. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Phase III CAPSTONE-2 study showed that baloxavir marboxil reduced symptoms in people at high risk of complications from the flu
Roche today announced that the phase III CAPSTONE-2 study assessing the safety and efficacy of baloxavir marboxil in people at high risk of complications from the flu met the study ’s primary objective, and showed superior efficacy in the primary endpoint of time to improvement of influenza symptoms versus placebo The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines people at high risk for serious flu complications to include adults 65 years of age or older, or thos e who have conditions such as asthma, chronic lung disease, diabetes, or heart disease – for these people, flu can lead to hospitalisation ...
Source: Roche Media News - July 17, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Phase III CAPSTONE-2 study showed that baloxavir marboxil reduced symptoms in people at high risk of complications from the flu
Roche today announced that the phase III CAPSTONE-2 study assessing the safety and efficacy of baloxavir marboxil in people at high risk of complications from the flu met the study ’s primary objective, and showed superior efficacy in the primary endpoint of time to improvement of influenza symptoms versus placebo The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines people at high risk for serious flu complications to include adults 65 years of age or older, or thos e who have conditions such as asthma, chronic lung disease, diabetes, or heart disease – for these people, flu can lead to hospitalisation ...
Source: Roche Investor Update - July 17, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Why men might recover from flu faster than women
(Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health) Men may recover more quickly from influenza infections because they produce more of a key lung-healing protein, a study from scientists at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 17, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Drug Combination Boosts Older Adults' Immunity in Early Trial Drug Combination Boosts Older Adults' Immunity in Early Trial
A phase 2a randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial showed that a combination of drugs decreases the incidence of infections, including influenza and pneumonia, in older adults.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Nurse-Driven Protocol Increased Vaccination for Flu, Pneumonia
A pilot protocol developed at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center resulted in exponential increases in both influenza and pneumococcal vaccinations in the outpatient setting. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - July 12, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Elizabeth Rodriguez, DNP, RN, OCN Source Type: news

NIAID scientists create 3D structure of 1918 influenza virus-like particles
Details could advance vaccine development for several human diseases. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - July 11, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

NIAID dcientists create 3D structure of 1918 influenza virus-like particles
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) Virus-like particles (VLPs) are protein-based structures that mimic viruses and bind to antibodies. Because VLPs aren't infectious, they show promise as vaccine platforms for many viral diseases, including influenza. Since details about influenza VLPs are scant, a team of researchers developed a 3D model based on the 1918 H1 pandemic influenza virus. The research, conducted by NIAID scientists, could benefit VLP vaccine projects, targeting a range of viruses from HIV to Ebola and SARS coronavirus. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 11, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Public health messages ‘should focus on potential impact of flu’
Focusing public health messages on the potential impact of colds and influenza on other people would be more effective at boosting prevention than present techniques, suggest researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 9, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Mucus Protects Airborne Flu Virus at All Humidities
MONDAY, July 9, 2018 -- Influenza virus aerosols remain infectious at all humidity levels, according to a study published online June 7 in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. Karen A. Kormuth, Ph.D., from University of Pittsburgh, and colleagues... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 9, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Zimbabwe:Common Cold, Influenza Kill 12
[The Herald] At least 12 people have died of common cold and influenza in the country this year while 9 962 cases of the diseases have been reported in one week countrywide. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 9, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

What is the Interval For Non-simultaneous Administration of Live Virus Vaccines?
Discussion Vaccines are a mainstay of infectious disease prevention and health promotion. Infants, children and adults benefit from vaccines the most when they are given on the recommended schedules. However there are times when this is not possible as children come to the physician a little early, or a little late, or had unavailable records and so received addition vaccine, etc. There are many questions that arise because of these timing issues such as the one above. Standard vaccine schedules can be reviewed here. Commonly administered vaccines includes: Live-attenuated vaccines Cholera Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - July 9, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Live and Inactivated Flu Vaccines Have Similar Efficacy in Children Live and Inactivated Flu Vaccines Have Similar Efficacy in Children
Live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) and inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) have similar efficacy in children, according to results from a Canadian Immunization Research Network (CIRN) study.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - July 5, 2018 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

New & Resurgent Infectious Diseases Can Have Far-reaching Economic Repercussions
DAVID E. BLOOM is the Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography, DANIEL CADARETTE is a research assistant, and JP SEVILLA is a research associate, all at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health.By David E. Bloom, Daniel Cadarette and JP SevillaWASHINGTON DC, Jul 3 2018 (IPS)Infectious diseases and associated mortality have abated, but they remain a significant threat throughout the world.We continue to fight both old pathogens, such as the plague, that have troubled humanity for millennia and new pathogens, such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), that have mutated or spilled over ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 3, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: David E. Bloom and JP Sevilla Tags: Active Citizens Development & Aid Economy & Trade Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Namibia:No Swine Flu Outbreak in the Country - Masabane
[Namibia Economist] Despite five laboratory confirmed cases of Influenza A H1N1 cases having been reported in the country, the Ministry of Health and social Services this week, said there is no swine flue outbreak (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 29, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Namibia:Five Test Positive for Swine Flu
[Namibian] THE Ministry of Health and Social Services yesterday announced that five people had tested positive for the H1N1 influenza virus, also known as swine flu. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 29, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Business accelerator takes aim at US health threats
(University of Massachusetts Lowell) The federal agency tasked with solving critical health threats to Americans has chosen the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) as one of only eight business incubators in the nation to help startups develop means of eradicating influenza and sepsis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 29, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Corporate Biotech Executive Mark Germain Joins BiondVax's Board of Directors
NESS ZIONA, Israel, June 28, 2018 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- BiondVax Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (Nasdaq: BVXV), developer of M-001, a clinical phase Universal Influenza Vaccine candidate, announced today the appointment of Mr. Mark Germain a... Biopharmaceuticals, Personnel BiondVax Pharmaceuticals, influenza, influenza vaccine, flu vaccine (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - June 28, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Namibia:Swine Flu Confirmed in Rehoboth
[Namibian] THE Ministry of Health and Social Services has confirmed a case of the H1N1 influenza virus, also known as swine flu, at Rehoboth. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 28, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news