The 2018 Flu Season Might Finally Be Leveling Off
(NEW YORK) — This nasty flu season, which has been worsening for months, may finally be leveling off. Health officials on Friday said about 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That’s no reason for health officials to celebrate yet: That level is among the highest in a decade. But it’s no worse than last week, and flu activity had been increasing each week since November. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report said the number of states reporting heavy flu patient traffic also held steady at 43. “I thought I was going to die,...
Source: TIME: Health - February 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mike Stobbe, Carla K. Johnson / AP Tags: Uncategorized APH flu healthytime onetime Source Type: news

World Health chiefs draw up list of 10 viruses
The World Health Organization has released its annual list of lethal pathogens that research should be fast-tracked for. It comes amid mounting fears of a global pandemic. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

World Health Organization: 142nd Session of the Executive Board
World Health Organization. 02/2018 This Web page provides information, materials, and videos from the 142nd session of the World Health Organization Executive Board, held on January 22-27, 2018. It provides links to the agenda, and to documentation that includes reports on Public Health Preparedness and Response; Health, Environment and Climate Change; and Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework for the Sharing of Influenza Viruses and Access to Vaccines and Other Benefits. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

World chief warns world is 'unprepared' for a pandemic
Dr Tedros Adhanom, director general of the WHO, claims the next outbreak will take a 'terrible toll' on human life. He made the claim at the World Government Summit in Dubai. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bill and Melinda Gates: Trump ’s Proposed Cuts to Foreign Aid Will Lead to More Deaths
Bill and Melinda Gates used their 10th annual letter to answer tough questions about their work at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — and to defend funding for health work and international aid, just a day after President Donald Trump’s budget proposed slashing resources to these areas. The Gates Foundation donates billions of dollars to health and humanitarian causes including vaccine delivery, child and maternal health as well as infectious disease prevention. “These efforts save lives,” Bill Gates wrote in the letter, which was published Tuesday. “They also create U.S. jobs. And they m...
Source: TIME: Health - February 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime philanthropy Source Type: news

She thought the weird sensation was a stray eyelash. It was eye worms.
Abby Beckley thought her left eye was irritated because of a stray eyelash. She rubbed her eye, flushed it with water, but when the discomfort remained, she peered into the mirror. She thought she saw a piece of clear fuzz. She pinched it with her fingers and pulled it out. It was a worm. About […]Related:Here’s what you should know about the flu season this yearThis flu season has now reached pandemic levels (but it’s not technically a pandemic)Robin Williams’s suicide was followed by a sharp rise in ‘copycat’ deaths (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

An American says she fell asleep with a headache — and woke up with a British accent
Michelle Myers's accent is global, but she has never left the country. The Arizona woman says she has gone to bed with extreme headaches in the past and woke up speaking with what sounds like a foreign accent. At various points, Australian and Irish accents have inexplicably flowed from her mouth for about two weeks, […]Related:Here’s what you should know about the flu season this yearThis flu season has now reached pandemic levels (but it’s not technically a pandemic)She survived her first bout with the flu — but not the second (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Africa:World Must Act Faster to Prevent Pandemic Diseases - UN Risk Chief
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Kuala Lumpur -Dangers posed by pandemics are "out of sight, out of mind", says U.N. risk chief (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 12, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Can we create a pandemic-free world?
12 February 2018 – Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus's speech at World Government Summit, Dubai (Source: WHO Director-General speeches)
Source: WHO Director-General speeches - February 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: director-general [subject], director-general [subject], director-general [subject], health policy [subject], national health programmes, policy [subject] Source Type: news

This Year ’s Flu Is Now as Bad as the 2009 Swine Flu Epidemic, CDC Says
(NEW YORK) — The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago. A government report out Friday shows 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That ties the highest level seen in the U.S. during swine flu in 2009. And it surpasses every winter flu season since 2003, when the government changed the way it measures flu. “I wish that there were better news this week, but almost everything we’re looking at is bad news,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the Centers for Dise...
Source: TIME: Health - February 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mike Stobbe / AP Tags: Uncategorized APH flu healthytime onetime Source Type: news

This Year ’s Flu Is Now as Bad as the 2009 Swine Flu Epidemic, CDC Says
(NEW YORK) — The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago. A government report out Friday shows 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That ties the highest level seen in the U.S. during swine flu in 2009. And it surpasses every winter flu season since 2003, when the government changed the way it measures flu. “I wish that there were better news this week, but almost everything we’re looking at is bad news,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the Centers for Dise...
Source: TIME: Science - February 10, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Mike Stobbe / AP Tags: Uncategorized APH flu healthytime onetime Source Type: news

Flu Season Now As Bad As 2009 Swine Flu
NEW YORK (AP) — The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago. A government report out Friday shows 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That ties the highest level seen in the U.S. during swine flu in 2009. And it surpasses every winter flu season since 2003, when the government changed the way it measures flu. “I wish that there were better news this week, but almost everything we’re looking at is bad news,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the Centers for D...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Flu Swine Flu Source Type: news

Flu Season as Intense as 2009 Pandemic Flu Season as Intense as 2009 Pandemic
Ten more children have died of influenza, the CDC said in their weekly flu update; infections are still on the rise.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Alert Source Type: news

Historic flu is now worst in decades:10 more children dead
Acting CDC director Dr Anne Schuchat said on Friday that this season is as bad as the 2009 swine flu pandemic that killed 200,000 people and we may not have reached the peak yet. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

She survived her first bout with the flu — but not the second
Angie Barwise had come down with the flu around the holidays. Days after Christmas, the 58-year-old Texas mother and grandmother was diagnosed with influenza, along with bronchitis and strep, her family told Fox affiliate KDFW. Doctors gave her antibiotics and Tamiflu, an antiviral medication used to help treat the flu and, soon after, she started to bounce back. But almost exactly a month […]Related:This flu season has now reached pandemic levels (but it’s not technically a pandemic)A hospital refused a new liver to a woman because she was undocumented. Then it found it...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

She survived her first bout with the flu — but not the second
Angie Barwise had come down with the flu around the holidays. Days after Christmas, the 58-year-old Texas mother and grandmother was diagnosed with influenza, along with bronchitis and strep, her family told Fox affiliate KDFW. Doctors gave her antibiotics and Tamiflu, an antiviral medication used to help treat the flu, and, soon after, she started to bounce back. But almost exactly a month […]Related:This flu season has now reached pandemic levels (but it’s not technically a pandemic)A hospital refused a new liver to a woman because she was undocumented. Then it found i...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

10 More Kids Have Died This Flu Season — And We May Not Have Reached the Peak, CDC Says
The past week brought reports of 10 more pediatric deaths related to this year’s deadly flu season — and we may have yet to see the worst of it, according to CDC officials. “I wish that there were better news this week, but almost everything we’re looking at is bad news,” CDC Acting Director Dr. Anne Schuchat said during a call with reporters Friday. Forty-eight states, all but Oregon and Hawaii, are still reporting widespread flu activity, Schuchat said, and cases may continue to rise. “Flu is incredibly difficult to predict,” she said, “and we don’t know if we’v...
Source: TIME: Health - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized flu healthytime onetime Source Type: news

This flu season has now reached pandemic levels (but it ’ s not technically a pandemic)
This flu season is turning out to be so intense that the number of people seeking care at doctors' offices and emergency rooms has surged to levels not reported since the peak of the 2009 swine flu pandemic, federal officials said Friday. For yet another week, flu continues to get worse. “We were hoping to have […]Related:Robin Williams’s suicide was followed by a sharp rise in ‘copycat’ deathsBillionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, who just purchased the Los Angeles Times, is a controversial figure in medicineFDA ramps up warnings about kratom, calling unregulated herb an ‘opioid’ ...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flu Season, Still Worsening, Now as Bad as 2009 Swine Flu
NEW YORK (AP) — The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago. A government report out Friday shows 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That ties the highest level seen in the U.S. during the 2009 swine flu pandemic. And it surpasses every winter flu season since 2003, when the government changed the way it measures flu. This season started early and has been driven by a nasty type of flu that tends to put more people in the hospital and cause more deaths. But its long-lasting intensity...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - February 9, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mike Stobbe, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Flu Season, Still Worsening, Now as Bad as 2009 Swine Flu
NEW YORK (AP) — The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago. A government report out Friday shows 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That ties the highest level seen in the U.S. during the 2009 swine flu pandemic. And it surpasses every winter flu season since 2003, when the government changed the way it measures flu. This season started early and has been driven by a nasty type of flu that tends to put more people in the hospital and cause more deaths. But its long-lasting intensity...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 9, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mike Stobbe, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Flu Season, Still Worsening, Now as Bad as 2009 Swine Flu
NEW YORK (AP) — The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago. A government report out Friday shows 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That ties the highest level seen in the U.S. during the 2009 swine flu pandemic. And it surpasses every winter flu season since 2003, when the government changed the way it measures flu. This season started early and has been driven by a nasty type of flu that tends to put more people in the hospital and cause more deaths. But its long-lasting intensity...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - February 9, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mike Stobbe, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Flu season, still worsening, now as bad as 2009 swine flu
US flu season, still worsening, is now as bad as the height of the 2009 swine flu pandemic (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

How Effective Is the 2018 Flu Shot? Here ’s What You Should Know
Vaccination has been recommended for decades as the best way to protect yourself against flu, but it’s no silver bullet. The shot’s effectiveness varies from year to year, depending on the closeness of the match between that season’s viruses and the vaccine, which is usually reformulated each year. This winter in North America, its performance has been especially poor, leaving people more vulnerable to a virus that’s caused a spike in hospitalizations and deaths. In Hong Kong, schools are starting their Chinese New Year holiday earlier amid a flu epidemic that has claimed more than 100 lives in the ...
Source: TIME: Health - February 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jason Gale / Bloomberg Tags: Uncategorized Bloomberg health onetime Source Type: news

How Effective Is the 2018 Flu Shot? Here ’s What You Should Know
Vaccination has been recommended for decades as the best way to protect yourself against flu, but it’s no silver bullet. The shot’s effectiveness varies from year to year, depending on the closeness of the match between that season’s viruses and the vaccine, which is usually reformulated each year. This winter in North America, its performance has been especially poor, leaving people more vulnerable to a virus that’s caused a spike in hospitalizations and deaths. In Hong Kong, schools are starting their Chinese New Year holiday earlier amid a flu epidemic that has claimed more than 100 lives in the ...
Source: TIME: Science - February 7, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Jason Gale / Bloomberg Tags: Uncategorized Bloomberg health onetime Source Type: news

A checklist for pandemic influenza risk and impact management: building capacity for pandemic response, 2018 update
This checklist is a tool to help national authorities to develop or update national pandemic influenza preparedness plans for managing the risk and impact of an influenza pandemic under the guiding principles of the 2017 WHO pandemic influenza preparedness framework - " Pandemic Influenza Risk Management " . (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - February 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Global Monitoring of Disease Outbreak Preparedness: Preventing the Next Pandemic; A Shared Framework
Harvard University. 02/05/2018 This 125-page report from the Harvard Global Health Institute provides an evidence-based monitoring framework for an independent global monitoring system, structured along four key domains, reflecting a multi-sectoral, whole-of-society approach to disease outbreak preparedness. Its four domains are strengthening public health core capacity as a foundation; improving science, technology, and access; reinforcing risk analysis and incentives for action; and strengthening global mechanisms. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

ID Break: Herpes Down in U.S.; $500 Billion Pandemics; Deadly Dengue Vax?
(MedPage Today) -- News and commentary from the world of infectious diseases (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - February 7, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Could the Deadly 1918 Flu Pandemic Happen Again?
It's "100 percent" certain that another global flu crisis will happen, said Dr. Greg Poland, a virologist and vaccine researcher with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

It's a Century Since the 1918 Flu Pandemic - Could It Happen Again?
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 -- One hundred years ago, the deadliest influenza pandemic of all time made a ravaging march across the globe. The " Spanish " flu of 1918-19 infected an estimated one-third of the world's population and killed between 50... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 7, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Integrating Social Science Interventions in Epidemic, Pandemic and Health Emergency Response: Report of the Informal Consultation, London, England, 8 June 2017
World Health Organization. 01/2018 This 20-page document summarizes a meeting held on June 8, 2017, that was part of a series of activities planned by the World Health Organization to initiate the systematic integration of social science-based intervention in all disease outbreaks, epidemics, and pandemics, and emergency preparedness and response operations. The key goals are to stop epidemics fast and to minimize the avoidable loss of life, illness, and societal and economic disruption. The meeting identified priority research and funding gaps for activities as part of preparedness and operational response. (PDF) (Source:...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Checklist for Pandemic Influenza Risk and Impact Management: Building Capacity for Pandemic Response (2018)
World Health Organization. 01/2018 This 59-page checklist, updated in 2018, is a tool to help national authorities to develop or update national pandemic influenza preparedness plans for managing the risk and impact of an influenza pandemic under the guiding principles of the 2017 World Health Organization (WHO) framework for Pandemic Influenza Risk Management. It updates and replaces the 2005 WHO Checklist for Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Planning. It includes lessons learned from the 2009 influenza A(H1N1) pandemic; and updated WHO guidance on topics related to pandemic influenza and public health emergency planning. ...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Report of the Meeting on Sustainable Local Production of Influenza Vaccines for Pandemic Preparedness: Synergies with Other International Efforts and Improvement of the Current Tool
World Health Organization. 10/2017 This Web page provides documents from a meeting of stakeholders and experts held in Geneva, Switzerland, in June, 2017, to review each section of the sustainability checklist tool developed to help countries identify and address potential threats to the sustainability of their new production capacity for local influenza vaccines; identify the tool's strengths and weaknesses; and suggest improvements. The meeting also aimed to highlight synergies with other preparedness initiatives and identify opportunities for collaboration. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medici...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Operational Guidance on Sharing Influenza Viruses with Human Pandemic Potential (IVPP) Under the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework
World Health Organization. 06/30/2017 This 20-page guidance is intended to help National Influenza Centres (NICs) and H5 Reference Laboratories of the Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System (GISRS) and other Nationally Authorized Laboratories to select and ship influenza viruses with human pandemic potential to World Health Organization Collaborating Centres of GISRS under the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Pandemic Influenza Severity Assessment (PISA): A WHO (World Health Organization) Guide to Assess the Severity of Influenza in Seasonal Epidemics and Pandemics
World Health Organization. 05/2017 This guidance has been developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be used by Member States and WHO as part of the pandemic influenza risk management guidance to assess the severity of influenza in seasonal epidemics and pandemics, when sustained human-to-human transmission occurs. It is intended for use primarily by public health professionals at the national level, who perform or plan to perform national influenza severity assessments, and who can contribute to global influenza severity assessments. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Influenza Vaccine Response During the Start of a Pandemic: Report of the Second WHO (World Health Organization) Informal Consultation Held in Geneva, Switzerland; 21 July-22 July 2016
World Health Organization. 03/2017 This 33-page document summarizes a meeting held in July, 2016, to follow up on a 2015 meeting to address questions associated with vaccine response at the start of an influenza pandemic and the problems associated with switching from seasonal influenza vaccine production to pandemic vaccine production. This meeting was held to bridge these gaps by better understanding the complexities of the early stages of pandemic vaccine development; elaborating the principles that could guide the decision to switch; and obtaining a better understanding of the evidence or data needed to support the dec...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

New molecular test to impact influenza pandemic preparedness
(InDevR, Inc.) InDevR Inc. announced plans to launch a Research Use Only (RUO) version of their FluChip-8G technology to aid in pandemic preparedness. The new molecular test addresses an unmet need for more detailed information about flu viruses found in human specimens without the data management complexities associated with current sequencing approaches. FluChip-8G offers viral subtype specific insight with the ease of use of an RT-PCR assay and unmatched simplicity in results interpretation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 6, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Flu risks apply pressure on science for a universal vaccine
Scientists say the only way to stop pandemics is to develop a jab for everyone (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - February 5, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

The discrepancy between subjective and objective measures of convergence insufficiency in whiplash-associated disorder versus control participants - Stiebel-Kalish H, Amitai A, Mimouni M, Bach M, Saban T, Cahn M, Gantz L.
PURPOSE: Motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) are a pandemic associated with human suffering and a burden to national economies. Whiplash-associated disorders (WADs) after MVAs are associated commonly with disability claims, many of which are related to vision. ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Business Unusual will Drive Africa ’s Quest to achieve Health Care for All
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) pledged his full support for the delivery of universal healthcare within the next five years, one of the pillars of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four Action plan. Credit: State HouseBy Siddharth Chatterjee and Radhika ShahNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 5 2018 (IPS)Africa’s quest for health continues to be held back by a combination of factors such as natural disasters and pandemics, prevailing high rates of communicable and rising incidence of non-communicable diseases, sedentary lifestyles, road accidents and greater population mobi...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Siddharth Chatterjee and Radhika Shah Tags: Africa Aid Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Is this the global pandemic experts are warning about? They say it will be unstoppable because of the ease of travel
(Natural News) How prepared is the world to take on another pandemic? Not very, according to two of the world’s foremost experts on the subject. Speaking at the recently concluded World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Dr. Sylvie Briand, a specialist in infectious diseases from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Elhadj As Sy, the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News 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

Why is the flu so bad this year? - Science Weekly podcast
Hannah Devlin explores why 2018 is such a bumper year for seasonal flu and asks how scientists are trying to fight backSubscribe& Review oniTunes,Soundcloud,Audioboom,Mixcloud&Acast, and join the discussion onFacebook andTwitterLast week, Public Health England announced that this winterthree times as many people have died from flu compared to the previous year. Australia sawa doubling in the number of deaths, and figures were also up in Europe and the US. But what is it about this year ’s seasonal flu that has proved so aggressive? How do outbreaks of seasonal flu differ from pandemics of the past? And how ca...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 1, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Presented by Hannah Devlin and produced by Max Sanderson Tags: Science Flu Flu pandemic World news Health Vaccines and immunisation 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

Pandemic risk: How large are the expected losses?
(University of Hawaii at Manoa) Greater investment is needed to prepare against pandemics -- the worldwide spread of an infectious disease. A study published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization shows the expected annual count of pandemic-related deaths is 700,000, and expected annual losses from pandemic risk is $500 billion. The paper applied a theoretical model to calculate the expected number of deaths and economic losses in rare pandemic scenarios. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 31, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases 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

CDC: Flu activity reaching highest level in nearly a decade
Number of people reporting flu-like illness is highest since swine flu pandemic nearly 10 years ago (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - January 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News 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

CDC: Flu-related pediatric deaths could reach record high
Number of people reporting flu-like illness is highest since swine flu pandemic nearly 10 years ago (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - 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

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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