'Australian flu': It's not from Australia
We are speaking Italian each time we say "influenza." (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - February 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Tries New Strategies as IV Bag Shortage Continues FDA Tries New Strategies as IV Bag Shortage Continues
Expiration dates have been extended for some of the bags and manufacturers are getting products from their foreign facilities. Still, spiking influenza numbers strain supplies.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines - February 3, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Critical Care News Source Type: news

Sen. Markey Calls On Congress To Spend $1B For Universal Flu Vaccine
BOSTON (CBS) – The flu epidemic is hitting Massachusetts hard. Thursday night, another patient died from influenza at Massachusetts General Hospital, the eleventh person to die in the past two months. Hospital officials say their emergency room is packed with flu patients every day and at least 90 staff members of the hospital have been diagnosed. Part of the reason for the epidemic is health experts say the current batch of flu vaccination is not as effective. U.S. Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) visited the Boston hospital on Friday to call on Congress to invest $1 billion over five years for researchers to create a new univ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Boston David Robichaud Massachusetts General Hospital U.S. Sen. Edward Markey Source Type: news

Influenza Hospitalizations Highest on Record, CDC Says Influenza Hospitalizations Highest on Record, CDC Says
Overall hospitalizations for influenza-like illness are at their highest since the CDC began collecting such data, and the season has yet to peak, according to new government information.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - February 2, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Alert Source Type: news

In-Depth: Surging flu is a proving ground for digital health, telemedicine
As the calendar turns to February, the beleaguered US healthcare system continues to battle an influenza season considered by Centers for Disease Control and Surveillance officials to be among the worst of this decade. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - February 2, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Flu Hospitalization Rates Are the Highest in Years. Here ’ s Why.
Rising hospitalizations portend a high death rate, health officials said, even as flu infection rates continue to increase. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 2, 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

Flu Patients Arrive in Droves, and a Hospital Rolls Out the ‘ Surge Tent ’
The worst flu season in nearly a decade has filled emergency rooms and strained resources at medical centers. Hospitalization and infection rates are among the highest in two decades. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Influenza Hospitals Tamiflu (Drug) Allentown (Pa) Pennsylvania Emergency Medical Treatment Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Vaccination and Immunization Source Type: news

This flu season ’ s hospitalizations are highest in nearly a decade
This year's flu season has now sent more people to the hospital with the illness than in nearly a decade, federal health officials said Friday. Nationwide during the past week, 16 more children died from the virus. So far this season, influenza has caused the deaths of at least 53 children, rivaling that of the especially severe […]Related:5 things you need to know if you are considering freezing your eggsCDC employees are delighted that their acting director is back in chargeCDC to cut by 80 percent efforts to prevent global disease outbreak (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flu spread is worse than ever: 53 children dead
Dr Dan Jernigan, director of the CDC's Influenza Division, said that this flu season is expected to be the worst on record as 16 more children have died this week and hospitalizations are high. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flu Hospitalizations Are Higher Than Any Year on Record, CDC Reports
As flu activity continues to increase in many parts of the U.S., CDC officials say hospitalization rates are on pace to exceed any year on record. CDC officials have in recent weeks compared this year’s unusually active flu season with that of 2014-2015. But CDC Acting Director Anne Schuchat said on a call with reporters Friday that hospitalization rates observed at this point in the season have surpassed even that high-severity year, and by season’s end could eclipse its 710,000 total admissions. The hospitalization rate is higher than that of any year since 2010, when the CDC began tracking the epidemic using...
Source: TIME: Health - February 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized CDC flu flu season flu season 2018 healthytime influenza medicine onetime public health Source Type: news

CDC Reports 16 More Children Dead From the Flu
As flu activity continues to increase in many parts of the U.S., CDC officials say hospitalization rates are on pace to exceed any year on record. CDC officials have in recent weeks compared this year’s unusually active flu season with that of 2014-2015. But CDC Acting Director Anne Schuchat said on a call with reporters Friday that hospitalization rates observed at this point in the season have surpassed even that high-severity year, and by season’s end could eclipse its 710,000 total admissions. The hospitalization rate is higher than that of any year since 2010, when the CDC began tracking the epidemic using...
Source: TIME: Health - February 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized CDC flu flu season flu season 2018 healthytime influenza medicine onetime public health Source Type: news

Flu Hospitalization Rates Are the Highest in Nearly Two Decades. Here ’ s Why.
Rising hospitalizations portend a high death rate, health officials said, even as flu infection rates continue to increase. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 2, 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

‘Wash your stinking hands!’: ER nurse rants about ‘cesspool of funky flu’
A Florida nurse working to combat “a cesspool of funky flu” in the emergency room has gained widespread attention from a viral video on social media urging people to take precautions to avoid influenza. After a 12-hour night shift late last week in an emergency room in northwest Florida, nurse Katherine Lockler offered some advice. “Here are some ideas how […]Related:Ryan Anderson’s book against transgenderism is creating an uproar5 things you need to know if you are considering freezing your eggsCDC employees are delighted that their acting director is back in charge...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is It Influenza or Adenovirus? Is It Influenza or Adenovirus?
Some cases among the ongoing influenza-like illness outbreaks in the United States may be not caused by influenza virus but by a human adenovirus type 4 variant usually found in military settings.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines - February 2, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Aussie flu symptoms: How to prevent deadly viral infection as GPs ‘remain under pressure’
AUSSIE flu symptoms include headaches, sore throats and diarrhoea. Prevent infection from the deadly influenza virus by washing your hands regularly, as GPs remain under pressure. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - February 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Just How Bad Is This Flu Season? Experts Weigh In
FRIDAY, Feb. 2, 2018 -- The United States is in the grip of a tough flu season, no doubt. It might seem as if every other person you know has fallen prey to influenza. Actually, though, health experts say this flu season is pretty much on par with... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 2, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Your Team Made It To The Super Bowl. Now Maybe It's Time For Flu Shot.
A new study finds that counties with teams in the Super Bowl experienced significantly higher influenza deaths for people 65 and older compared to counties that didn't have a team that participated. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Shankar Vedantam Source Type: news

Georgia Teen Dies of the Flu Despite Initially Testing Negative
(ATLANTA) — A Georgia county coroner says a 15-year-old girl is the state’s first flu-related child death this season. Coweta County Coroner Richard Hawk told news outlets that Kira Molina died Tuesday at an Atlanta hospital. He says the Newnan High School student had initially tested negative for the flu upon developing symptoms last week, but was found unresponsive on Sunday. She was hospitalized in Newnan and then airlifted to Atlanta. Hawk says Molina’s liver failed because of influenza A, not an acetaminophen overdose, referencing accounts from other media outlets. The Georgia Department of Public He...
Source: TIME: Health - February 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized APW flu georgia healthytime onetime Source Type: news

Flu rates high and still rising in parts of England
GPs remain under pressure from flu across the UK, with cases presenting to GP practices continuing to rise in parts of England, latest official data reveal. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 1, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Influenza Source Type: news

Hospital's biosurveillance system tracks deadly flu outbreak
A 4-year-old girl from central New Jersey is the latest child confirmed to have died from the flu virus. Health officials say she died in December and did not get the flu shot. Northwell Health, one of the largest health systems in the country, is implementing a one-of-a-kind biosurveillance system to proactively combat this historic, deadly influenza outbreak. Dr. Tara Narula reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - February 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

For 7 Days After Flu Hits, Heart Attack Risk Remains High
Researchers calculate that the risk of a heart attack in the week after getting the flu was more than six times as high as the risk in any other week. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Heart Influenza Source Type: news

Getting the flu is SAFER than getting the flu shot, warns doctor
(Natural News) Influenza season is upon us once again, and this year the mainstream media is going hog wild with reports about a deadly new strain of circulating “wild” flu that’s said to be exceptionally virulent. But before you rush out to get a flu shot as “protection,” you might want to take a closer... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

North, South Korea report flu outbreaks ahead of Winter Olympics
As athletes and tourists arrive in South Korea ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, health officials on the Korean Peninsula are battling two strains of influenza. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - February 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WATCH: Flu season one of the worst in nearly a decade, officials say
There have been nearly 8,000 of influenza last week in New York state. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: WNT Source Type: news

4-Year-Old ’s Flu Death Confirmed as New Jersey’s First Influenza Fatality
A 4-year-old girl has been confirmed as New Jersey’s first flu-related death by state officials. She died in December and was not vaccinated, officials said, according to News 12 New Jersey. The child was from Central New Jersey but her name and town have not been released. New Jersey is experiencing an especially tough flu season, with more than 7,332 cases as of Jan.27, according to the state’s health department. That’s up from the from 4,750 cases reported to the state by Jan.20, meaning more than 2,500 new cases were reported in just seven days. Bergen County has reported 972 cases, the most so far, w...
Source: TIME: Health - January 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alix Langone Tags: Uncategorized flu healthytime onetime Source Type: news

ID'ing features of flu virus genome may help target surveillance for pandemic flu
(Washington University School of Medicine) Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified features of the influenza virus genome that affect how well the virus multiplies. These features are similar but not identical across viral strains. It's possible that the extent of similarity between strains influences whether two flu viruses can mix their genetic material to make a hybrid virus with the potential to explode into pandemic flu. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Featured Review: Three updated Cochrane Reviews assessing the effectiveness of influenza vaccines
Three Cochrane Reviews have been newly updated to incorporate the latest available evidence on vaccines for the prevention of influenza. These reviews, which focus on the prevention of influenza in healthy adults, healthy children, and in the elderly, form a long-running series by the same author team, and are available in full on the Cochrane Library:Vaccines for preventing influenza in healthy adultsVaccines for preventing influenza in healthy childrenVaccines for preventing influenza in the elderlyWith this latest round of updates, the authors and the Acute Respiratory Infections Group editorial team have made some key ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - January 30, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Nancy Owens Source Type: news

Delivering Essential Healthcare Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response. 04/25/2017 This Web page details the plans of two states that received grants to begin to address the challenges of delivering essential healthcare services during a severe influenza pandemic or wide-scale public health disaster. Oregon addressed care in the multi-county region centered in the Portland metropolitan area. Virginia expanded the Virginia Department of Health's existing Critical Resource Shortages Planning Guide. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

What we can learn from the 1918 flu pandemic
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the great influenza pandemic of 1918. Between 50 and 100 million people are thought to have died, representing as much as 5 percent of the world's population. Half a billion people were infected. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - January 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How to Build a Better Flu Shot
In the midst of a brutal influenza season, researchers are working toward a single vaccine that could ward off multiple strains of the virus. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - January 29, 2018 Category: Science Tags: News Analysis Source Type: news

Aussie flu symptoms: How to prevent infection as expert warns of ‘unpredictable’ virus
AUSSIE flu symptoms include headaches, coughs and vomiting. The deadly virus infection could continue to spread, doctors have warned. Here ’s everything you need to know about the Australian influenza virus. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - January 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

100 years on: What we can learn from the 1918 flu pandemic
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the great influenza pandemic of 1918. Between 50 and 100 million people are thought to have died, representing as much as 5 percent of the world's population. Half a billion people were infected. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - January 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flu via Breathing; Pot and CVD: This Week's PodMed Double T (with audio)
(MedPage Today) -- This week's topics include marijuana and cardiovascular risk, methods of permanent sterilization in women, new hypertension guidelines, and influenza virus in breath (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - January 27, 2018 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

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Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework for the sharing of influenza viruses and access to vaccines and other benefits (Source: WHO Governing Body Documentation)
Source: WHO Governing Body Documentation - January 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

1,200 confirmed influenza laboratory cases in Arizona last week
This year's flu season shows few signs of slowing. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 26, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Angela Gonzales Source Type: news

1,200 confirmed influenza laboratory cases in Arizona last week
This year's flu season shows few signs of slowing. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 26, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Angela Gonzales Source Type: news

Flu Deaths May Be Less Likely With Annual Vaccination Flu Deaths May Be Less Likely With Annual Vaccination
Seniors who get a flu shot every year are less likely to be hospitalized with severe influenza infections or to die from them than those who get vaccinated only sporadically, a Spanish study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Jan 26, 2018 This Week in Cardiology Jan 26, 2018 This Week in Cardiology
Surgical left atrial appendage closure, the effects of smoking and influenza on CV risk, acute stroke care, and why cardiologists are an unhappy bunch are discussed by Dr Mandrola this week.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Commentary Source Type: news

CDC Says Influenza Activity as Widespread as 2009 Pandemic CDC Says Influenza Activity as Widespread as 2009 Pandemic
The agency said baby boomers now have the second-highest hospitalization rate, and the pediatric death rate is especially alarming.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - January 26, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Alert Source Type: news

The Flu Killed 7 Children Last Week – but It’s Hitting Baby Boomers Even Harder
This year’s severe flu season brought at least seven more pediatric deaths in the past week – bringing the total to 37 so far this season. Baby Boomers, however, are among the hardest hit, with an unusually high rate of hospitalizations this year, according to CDC officials. “Baby Boomers have higher rates [of hospitalization] than their grandchildren right now,” CDC Influenza Division Director Dr. Dan Jernigan said during a call with reporters Friday. During a typical flu season, elderly adults see the highest rate of hospitalizations, followed by young children. But this year, Jernigan said, adult...
Source: TIME: Health - January 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized CDC flu season flu season 2018 healthytime influenza medicine onetime public health Source Type: news

CDC predicts over 100 more child flu deaths this year
Dr Dan Jernigan, director of the CDC's Influenza Division, said he believes the actual pediatric death toll could be closer to 80, rather than 37, and predicts it will climb to 150 by the end of March. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

This Flu Season Is the Worst in Nearly a Decade
All states except Hawaii report widespread flu, federal officials said Friday. Infection and hospitalization rates are likely to equal or surpass those in 2009. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Influenza Deaths (Fatalities) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Epidemics Source Type: news

CDC report: Flu activity is increasing across U.S.
The past week saw an increase in influenza activity across the country, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's weekly report said Friday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

This flu season, with at least 37 child deaths so far, is on track to be among the worst in 15 years
Federal health officials reported that the level of influenza illness nationwide is the highest since the pandemic of 2009-2010, with nearly 12,000 people needing to be hospitalized. The number of hospitalizations rose by almost 3,000 people in one week. By the end of this flu season, officials said, the pediatric death toll is likely to […]Related:Monkeys in a nicotine experiment can relax. Their future is looking up.FDA panel rejects Philip Morris’s claims that new smokeless cigarette reduces harmHis family thought he had a cold. A couple of days later, he died of the flu. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Worst Flu Pandemic of the 20th Century Has an Urgent Lesson for Today
If you’ve been reading about how bad the flu is this year, it’s hard not to worry, and with good reason. The 2018 influenza season has hit hard in the U.S. and elsewhere, spreading far and wide and leading to the deaths of at least 30 children. But when Laura Spinney hears the news about this flu season, she has an extra layer of context. Spinney’s recent book Pale Rider explores the legacy of the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, a devastating episode 100 years ago that killed perhaps as many as 100 million people across the globe. “Although this does seem to be a particularly bad flu, it is still season...
Source: TIME: Health - January 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lily Rothman Tags: Uncategorized health healthytime Source Type: news

Missing Influenza in Our Older Patients Missing Influenza in Our Older Patients
Dr Arefa Cassoobhoy highlights a recent study suggesting that we might not see typical flu symptoms in the elderly.Medscape Internal Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine Commentary Source Type: news

Figures suggest influenza rates are ‘levelling off’ for the moment
Influenza rates appear to be “levelling off” for the moment in England and rates have begun to decrease in Scotland, leading public health experts to suggest the worst might be over for this year. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - January 26, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

'Brave' Stoke-on-Trent boy latest victim of flu outbreak
EXCLUSIVE: Dylan Day, from Stoke-on-Trent, passed away after developing sepsis, triggered by a a strain of influenza B he was fighting, last weekend. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ask Well: How Do I Avoid Catching Cold or Flu From My Sick Partner?
It ’ s harder to protect yourself when the sick person is living inside your house. But certain measures may help. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: KAREN WEINTRAUB Tags: Influenza Colds Source Type: news

Lab-Confirmed Flu Virus Linked to Imminent Risk for Acute MI Lab-Confirmed Flu Virus Linked to Imminent Risk for Acute MI
In this cohort study, the risk for MI hospitalization within 1 week was also raised if respiratory specimens pointed to infections by several viruses not related to influenza.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news