Kids, Get Your Flu Shot
Everyone older than 6 months should get a flu shot for the 2018-19 season as soon as it is available, preferably before the end of October. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Vaccination and Immunization Influenza Pregnancy and Childbirth Children and Childhood Source Type: news

Flu and common cold confirmed in sick passengers on Emirates flight to JFK
New York City's Department of Health& Mental Hygiene confirmed on Thursday that a majority of the test results from passengers aboard Emirates Flight 203 who reported illness Wednesday "showed common viruses such as influenza and the common cold." (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - September 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sick Passengers and Crew Aboard Emirates Flight Test Positive for Influenza
The patients hospitalized after arriving at John F. Kennedy Airport in a plane carrying sick passengers and crew have tested positive for influenza, according to a New York City official. About 100 people aboard Emirates Flight 203 from Dubai complained of illness, citing symptoms like cough and fever. Emirates said Wednesday that 10 passengers “were taken ill.” Eric Phillips, press secretary for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, said test results on the 10 patients taken to the hospital found influenza. Some test results came back inconclusive on other viruses, which is a common occurrence, he said. Those te...
Source: TIME: Health - September 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mahita Gajanan Tags: Uncategorized New York onetime Travel Source Type: news

Topical cream tested as way to enhance bird flu vaccine
A clinical trial is underway to determine the effectiveness of a topical cream to enhance the immune response to a " pre-pandemic " influenza vaccine. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New One-Dose Flu Drug Shows Promise
THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 -- An experimental single-dose flu drug shows promise as a new way to alleviate the misery of influenza, researchers say. The drug -- called baloxavir -- worked better than no treatment in one phase of a new study. The study... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 6, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Passengers on Dubai, JFK Flight Appear to Have Flu
NEW YORK (AP) — A large commercial jet from Dubai caused a scare on Wednesday after a pilot radioed that it would be landing at New York's Kennedy Airport carrying several passengers and crew members who fell ill with flu-like symptoms. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention immediately quarantined the double-decker Emirates aircraft holding 520 passengers so it could evaluate about 100 of them. Some had complained about coughs, headaches, sore throats and fevers. Officials said 10 people - three passengers and seven crew members - ended up hospitalized in what Emirates called a "precaution." T...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - September 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents News Mass Casualty Incidents Patient Care Source Type: news

Passengers on Dubai, JFK Flight Appear to Have Flu
NEW YORK (AP) — A large commercial jet from Dubai caused a scare on Wednesday after a pilot radioed that it would be landing at New York's Kennedy Airport carrying several passengers and crew members who fell ill with flu-like symptoms. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention immediately quarantined the double-decker Emirates aircraft holding 520 passengers so it could evaluate about 100 of them. Some had complained about coughs, headaches, sore throats and fevers. Officials said 10 people - three passengers and seven crew members - ended up hospitalized in what Emirates called a "precaution." T...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents News Mass Casualty Incidents Patient Care Source Type: news

Single-dose drug can shorten flu symptoms by about a day, studies suggest
(University of Virginia Health System) A single dose of a new influenza drug can significantly shorten the duration of the illness in teens and adults, according to a study published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 6, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Synthetic DNA vaccine effective against influenza A virus subtype
(The Wistar Institute) Currently available vaccines for the prevention of seasonal influenza virus infection have limited ability to induce immunity against diverse H3N2 viruses, an influenza A subtype that has led to high morbidity and mortality in recent years. Now, Wistar scientists have engineered a synthetic DNA vaccine shown to produce broad immune responses against these H3N2 viruses. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 6, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Influenza may be cause of sickness for handful of crew, passengers on Emirates flight to JFK
(Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - September 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Baloxavir Reduces Flu Symptoms and Viral Shedding Baloxavir Reduces Flu Symptoms and Viral Shedding
The first-in-class antiviral drug reduced duration of influenza symptoms and viral shedding compared with both placebo and oseltamivir in phase 2 and phase 3 randomized trials.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Clinical trial testing topical cream plus influenza vaccine in progress
Cream regimen could boost immunity. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - September 5, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Baloxavir Superior to Placebo for Alleviating Flu Symptoms
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5, 2018 -- The selective inhibitor of influenza cap-dependent endonuclease, baloxavir marboxil, is superior to placebo for alleviating influenza symptoms, according to a study published in the Sept. 6 issue of the New England... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - September 5, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

10 people who fell ill on Emirates flight to New York appear to have the flu, officials say
New York City health officials say they obtained respiratory samples from the patients and their symptoms look like influenza. They say they won't know for sure until they get final results. All of the patients were listed in stable condition. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - September 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/World Source Type: news

11 Sick People Taken to Hospital After Emirates Flight Lands at JFK
Eleven people were treated at a local hospital after a plane carrying sick passengers landed at John F. Kennedy Airport Wednesday. Around 100 people on Emirates Flight 203 from Dubai complained of illness, with symptoms including cough and fever, before being officially evaluated, Benjamin Haynes, a spokesperson for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Infectious Disease Media Team, told TIME. Emirates, however, said that only about 10 of the roughly 500 passengers on the flight “were taken ill.” Statement: Emirates can confirm that about 10 passengers on #EK203 from Dubai to New York were ...
Source: TIME: Health - September 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized New York onetime Source Type: news

Airport Security Trays Carry More Cold Germs Than Toilets, Study Finds
Scientists who tested surfaces at Helsinki Airport found the viruses responsible for colds and influenza on the trays used at security checkpoints. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: PALKO KARASZ Tags: Airports Hygiene and Cleanliness Helsinki (Finland) Viruses Colds Research Airport Security Microbiology University of Nottingham Source Type: news

Immune Cells' Gene Expression May Predict Flu Susceptibility
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5, 2018 -- KLRD1-expressing natural killer cells may be a biomarker for influenza susceptibility, according to a study published recently in Genome Medicine. Erika Bongen, from the Stanford University School of Medicine in... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - September 5, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Clinical trial testing topical cream plus influenza vaccine in progress
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) A Phase 1 clinical trial examining whether a topical cream can enhance the immune response conferred by a 'pre-pandemic' influenza vaccine is underway at Baylor College of Medicine, a Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit (VTEU) funded by NIAID. Investigators are evaluating whether imiquimod cream, commonly used to treat genital warts and certain skin cancers, can boost the body's immune response to an H5N1 influenza vaccine. The trial is enrolling 50 healthy adults ages 18-50 years. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 5, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China: Update
Since March 2013, when the avian influenza A(H7N9) virus infection was first detected in humans, a total of 1567 laboratory-confirmed human cases, including at least 615 deaths, have been reported to WHO (Figure 1) in accordance with the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005). So far, all but three reported cases have occurred in China. In the latest wave (the sixth wave, which began in October 2017), only three human cases have been detected; meanwhile there have been fewer A(H7N9) virus detections in poultry and environment samples, according to reports from mainland and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region C...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - September 5, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

The Best Time to Get the Flu Shot Is Earlier Than You Think
It’s technically still summer, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it’s already time to think about flu season 2018-2019. All adults and children older than six months should get a flu vaccine by the end of October 2018, the CDC says. (The American Academy of Pediatrics recently made a similar recommendation.) While the shot is still effective for those who get it later in the fall or winter, getting vaccinated before flu season is in full swing offers the best protection, the CDC says. While the flu shot is not perfect — during last year’s brutal flu season, it was only ab...
Source: TIME: Health - September 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime public health Source Type: news

AAP: Flu Shot'Primary Choice' for Kids This Flu Season
(MedPage Today) -- Report cites'unknown'effectiveness of FluMist against influenza A (H1N1) (Source: MedPage Today Pulmonary)
Source: MedPage Today Pulmonary - September 4, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

New Flu Vaccine Recommendations From AAP New Flu Vaccine Recommendations From AAP
All children aged 6 months and older should receive an injectable influenza vaccine as soon as the vaccines become available, by the end of October, the American Academy of Pediatrics says in a new policy statement.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in China – update
Since March 2013, when the avian influenza A(H7N9) virus infection was first detected in humans, a total of 1567 laboratory-confirmed human cases, including at least 615 deaths1, have been reported to WHO (Figure 1) in accordance with the International Health Regulations (2005). In the latest wave (the 6th wave since Oct 2017), only three human cases have been detected; meanwhile there have been generally fewer A(H7N9) virus detections in poultry and environment samples, according to various reports from mainland China and China, Hong Kong SAR. WHO has been monitoring the situation, and conducting risk assessments2 through...
Source: WHO Avian Influenza - September 3, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: avian influenza [subject], bird flu, avian flu, fowl plague, influenza in birds, avian bird flu, h5n1, disease outbreaks [subject], outbreak, outbreaks, epidemics, pandemic, disease control, influenza [subject], flu, seasonal influenza, pandemic influenza Source Type: news

What Are Common Cross-reactivities with Other Allergens?
Discussion The most common allergic foods are cow’s milk (most common), egg, peanut, tree nut, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish. Egg, milk, soy and wheat tend to occur in young children and these are more likely to be outgrown over time. Peanut, tree nut, shellfish, and fish occur at all ages and are less likely to be outgrown. Peanut and tree nut allergies also tend to be more severe than other foods. Ninety percent of food fatalities were attributed to tree nuts and peanuts. In a study of anaphylaxis in schools, food was the most likely trigger (54%) with nuts and fruits being the most commonly identified foods. Co-f...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - September 3, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Severe human infection with a novel avian-origin influenza A(H7N4) virus
(Science China Press) Avian influenza virus (AIV) is always the threat to human due to its pandemic potential. Herein, a novel reassortant AIV, influenza A(H7N4) virus, has been identified. The virus originated from wild bird AIVs, infected backyard chickens and ducks, and cause a severe human infection. Researchers firstly conducted a comprehensive investigation on this case, confirming the viral infection and the transmission route. Early identification and response interrupted the spread of this novel virus. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 31, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Requiring insurers to cover retail pharmacy vaccinations for adult Californians could save lives, study finds
Requiring health insurers to pay for adult vaccinations given at retail pharmacies could help prevent the spread of deadly communicable diseases such as influenza, pneumococcal infection and human papillomavirus, according to a  new study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.Many insurers do not cover pharmacy-administered vaccines; cover a limited selection of vaccines; or require people they insure to get vaccinated only at pharmacies within their insurance network, the study reports.Overall vaccination rates in state are lowThe overall vaccination rate among adult Californians is far below federa...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - August 30, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

China Has Withheld Samples of a Dangerous Flu Virus
Despite an international agreement, U.S. health authorities still have not received H7N9 avian flu specimens from their Chinese counterparts. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: EMILY BAUMGAERTNER Tags: Avian Influenza China Vaccination and Immunization International Trade and World Market Epidemics Source Type: news

No major public health events during hajj 2018 (1439 H) thanks to effective and timely ...
23 August 2018, Makkah – An estimated 2.7 million Muslims from 109 countries have safely concluded the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia’s holy region of Makkah.   The hajj is one of largest annual religious mass gatherings in the world, but months of preparedness by the Saudi Ministry of Health meant hajj 2018 (1439 H) was celebrated without major health events.  With technical support from WHO, the Ministry invested in improving readiness, preparedness and response capacities at all levels to prevent and detect potential health threats early on. A comprehensive and integrated plan e...
Source: WHO EMRO News - August 26, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

CDC's ACIP Updates Flu Vaccine Advice for Upcoming Flu Season CDC's ACIP Updates Flu Vaccine Advice for Upcoming Flu Season
The quadrivalent live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV4; FluMist Quadrivalent) is now an option for appropriate individuals.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Education RE: Herd Immunity Can Up Readiness to Be Vaccinated
Educating adults about herd immunity can up the proportion willing to be vaccinated for influenza (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - August 24, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Infections, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Nursing, Oncology, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Journal, Source Type: news

Education RE: Herd Immunity Can Up Readiness to Be Vaccinated
FRIDAY, Aug. 24, 2018 -- Educating adults about herd immunity can increase the proportion willing to be vaccinated for influenza, according to a study recently published in Vaccine. Jacqueline Logan, M.P.H., from the University of Minnesota in... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 24, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Voices: When Your Heart Fails You
We control my heart from a laptop. So why do I feel so helpless? (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MARLA CONE Tags: Viruses Heart Pacemakers Influenza Source Type: news

Candidate for universal flu vaccine protects against multiple strains
(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) A universal flu vaccine that protects people against most influenza strains is one step closer to reality, with a study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The candidate vaccine, described in Nature Communications this week, elicited a strong antibody response to a structure on the surface of flu viruses, called the hemagglutinin (HA) stalk. It protected mice from infection by various flu strains. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 22, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Researchers identify structural changes that occur in enveloped viruses before invading host
(Georgia State University) The critical, structural changes that enveloped viruses, such as HIV, Ebola and influenza, undergo before invading host cells have been revealed by scientists using nano-infrared spectroscopic imaging, according to a study led by Georgia State University and the University of Georgia. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 21, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Readiness for Responding to a Severe Pandemic 100 Years After 1918
Article assesses public health and health care readiness for the 1918 influenza outbreak and looks at developments in the last 100 years that have improved readiness for a pandemic. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - August 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pfizer bets on biotech flu vaccine in $425 million BioNTech alliance
Pfizer has agreed to pay German biotech firm BioNTech up to $425 million in an alliance to develop more effective influenza jabs, the latest among several major pharma companies to bank on a promising new genetic approach. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

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 9, 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