How Can I Prevent Coronavirus? Should I Wear A Mask? And Other Questions
BOSTON (CBS) – The Centers for Disease control has cautioned that, based on current patterns, coronavirus is likely to become a global pandemic. With no approved vaccine or medication to treat it, that could ultimately result in overloaded healthcare systems. What is a pandemic? Simply put, a pandemic is a global, widespread outbreak of a new illness. Because it is new, people don’t have the ability to fight it and can be easily infected. The last pandemic to widely affect the United States was H1N1 flu in 2009. The worst pandemic in history was the Spanish flu outbreak in 1918 which killed 50 million people wo...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Syndicated Local Coronavirus Source Type: news

Infant hip check is missing problems, study shows
‘Extra assessment and better training needed’ Related items fromOnMedica Under-fives must play more and spend less time sitting with screens Should we have compulsory measles vaccination at school entry? Swine flu jab in pregnancy safe for children as well as mothers Pay more heed to parent concern over sick children Women with small babies can safely wait for labour (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 25, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Pulmonary surfactant-biomimetic nanoparticles potentiate heterosubtypic influenza immunity
Current influenza vaccines only confer protection against homologous viruses. We synthesized pulmonary surfactant (PS)–biomimetic liposomes encapsulating 2',3'-cyclic guanosine monophosphate–adenosine monophosphate (cGAMP), an agonist of the interferon gene inducer STING (stimulator of interferon genes). The adjuvant (PS-GAMP) vigorously augmented influenza vaccine–induced humoral and CD8+ T cell immune responses in mice by simulating the early phase of viral infection without concomitant excess inflammation. Two days after intranasal immunization with PS-GAMP–adjuvanted H1N1 vaccine, strong cross-p...
Source: ScienceNOW - February 20, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Wang, J., Li, P., Yu, Y., Fu, Y., Jiang, H., Lu, M., Sun, Z., Jiang, S., Lu, L., Wu, M. X. Tags: Immunology, Microbiology, Online Only r-articles Source Type: news

It ’s Not Too Late to Prepare for COVID-19
By Dr. Lisa Stone, Epidemiology Adviser ; Robert Salerno, Director, Global Health Security Publio Gonzalez, a biologist with the Gorgas Institute, holds a bat in Meteti, Panama, June 6, 2018, as part an Emerging Infectious Diseases Training Event (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dustin Mullen).February 11, 2020A disease spillover event, when a virus moves from animal to human hosts, can cause significant human illness. The coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to have spilled over sometime in late 2019, at a wildlife market in Wuhan, China, leading to more than 40,000 confirmed cases and at least 910 reported deaths&nbs...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Infectious Diseases Global Health Security Source Type: news

Coronavirus: government announces new quarantine powers
Virus detection tests will be rolled out to laboratories across the UK Related items fromOnMedica NHS staff, patients and parents urged to get flu vaccine Parental confidence in immunisation programme ‘very high’ BMJ report questions swine flu jab transparency Flu vaccine delays 'likely' with no deal Brexit Prime minister issues call to action on MMR (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 10, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The Coronavirus Outbreak Should Bring Out the Best in Humanity
Pandemics are perversely democratic. They’re nasty, lethal and sneaky, but they don’t discriminate. No matter your age, ethnicity, religion, gender, or nation, you’re a part of the pathogenic constituency. That shared vulnerability, and the resulting human collectivism—a universal response to a universal threat—is newly and vividly evident in the face of the now-global outbreak of the novel coronavirus known as 2019-nCoV. As of writing, there have been over 30,000 diagnosed cases and over 630 related deaths. A virus that emerged in a single city, Wuhan, China—indeed, in a single crowded ...
Source: TIME: Health - February 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized 2019-nCoV Infectious Disease Source Type: news

How Our Modern World Creates Outbreaks Like Coronavirus
“Everyone knows that pestilences have a way of recurring in the world,” observes Albert Camus in his novel The Plague. “Yet somehow we find it hard to believe in ones that crash down on our heads from a blue sky. There have been as many plagues as wars in history; yet plagues and wars always take people by surprise.” Camus was imagining a fictional outbreak of plague in 1948 in Oran, a port city in northwest Algeria. But at a time when the world is reeling from a very real microbial emergency sparked by the emergence of a novel coronavirus in Wuhan, central China, his observations are as pertinent a...
Source: TIME: Health - February 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mark Honigsbaum Tags: Uncategorized 2019-nCoV health ideas Source Type: news

Childhood Flu May Protect Against Future Flu
BOSTON (CBS) – Why do some people seem to fend off the flu better than others? A new study finds the type of flu you got as a child may help protect you against that same type as an adult. Researchers from UCLA and the University of Arizona looked at data from hospitals and doctors’ offices and found that people first exposed to a less severe strain of flu, called H1N1, during childhood, were less likely to be hospitalized if they encountered the same strain later in life. The same was true for those exposed to the more severe H3N2 strain early on. They were less likely to get really sick from that same strain...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall flu season Source Type: news

Why We Are So Ill-Prepared for A Possible Pandemic Like Coronavirus
We were surprised in 2002 when a new coronavirus called SARS emerged from southern China and spread to 17 countries, causing more than 8,000 disease cases and nearly 800 deaths. We were surprised in 2009 when a new H1N1 influenza strain emerged in Mexico and caused worldwide panic. We were surprised in 2014 when Ebola virus broke out in three West African countries, with nearly 30,000 cases and more than 11,000 deaths. And here we are now, facing the 2019-nCoV coronavirus outbreak, on the verge of becoming a worldwide pandemic, wthin China reporting over 20,000 cases and nearly 500 deaths. Three years ago in a book, Deadl...
Source: TIME: Health - February 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Michael T. Osterholm and Mark Olshaker Tags: Uncategorized 2019-nCoV health ideas Source Type: news

First childhood flu helps explain why virus hits some people harder than others
Why are some people better able to fight off the flu than others? Part of the answer, according to a new study, is related to the first flu strain we encounter in childhood.Scientists from UCLA and the University of Arizona have found that people ’s ability to fight off the flu virus is determined not only by the subtypes of flu they have had throughout their lives, but also by the sequence in which they are been infected by the viruses. Their study is published in the open-access journal PLoS Pathogens.The research offers an explanation for why some people fare much worse than others when infected with the...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - February 4, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Coronavirus now a public health emergency, says WHO
Two cases confirmed in England, but GP leaders remind people they are more likely to have flu than coronavirus Related items fromOnMedica Should we have compulsory measles vaccination at school entry? Swine flu jab in pregnancy safe for children as well as mothers More action needed to treat TB Promise to end new HIV transmissions in England by 2030 Texting can improve flu jab uptake (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 31, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The Coronavirus Outbreak Is Now a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Here ’s What That Means
The World Health Organization (WHO) took the rare step Thursday of declaring a novel coronavirus outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). But what does that actually mean? The WHO defines a PHEIC as an “extraordinary event” that “constitute[s] a public health risk to other States through the international spread of disease” and “potentially require[s] a coordinated international response.” Since that framework was defined in 2005—two years after another coronavirus, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), spread through ...
Source: TIME: Health - January 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized 2019-nCoV public health Source Type: news

Tests for coronavirus conducted on 14 people in UK
WHO decides against declaring coronavirus an international public health emergency for the present Related items fromOnMedica UK measures in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus Should we have compulsory measles vaccination at school entry? £30 million to tackle antimicrobial resistance England to get a swine flu 'tzar' Health Secretary announces 'Don't panic' over swine flu, doc leaders urge (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 24, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

This Year ’s Flu Season Got Off to a Strange Start. What Does That Mean for the Months Ahead?
Flu season is always unpredictable. Different viral strains circulate each year, which makes forecasting the disease’s spread—and formulating the annual flu vaccine—an educated guessing game. Even so, the 2019-2020 flu season has been particularly unusual. Influenza B, the viral strain that usually circulates toward the end of flu season, instead emerged first this year, shifting usual transmission patterns. A vaccine mismatch and reduced immunity to influenza B may have contributed to the early and severe start of this flu season. What does that mean for the months ahead? TIME asked Lynnette Brammer, an ...
Source: TIME: Health - January 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Infectious Disease Source Type: news

Flu Vaccine ‘ Not A Very Good Match ’ For Strain That ’ s Tough On Children
(CNN) — This year’s flu vaccine is “not a very good match” for a common strain of the flu that’s especially tough on children, according to the nation’s top infectious disease doctor. “It’s not a very good match for B/Victoria,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, referring to the strain. “It’s not an awful match, but it’s not a very good match.” Children are particularly susceptible to influenza B/Victoria. Fauci said even though the match for B/Victoria isn’t great, a flu shot can...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Syndicated CBSN Boston CNN Flu Vaccine Source Type: news

GPs are dealing with growing flu rates
GP consultation rates rise to 19 per 100,000 Related items fromOnMedica European countries losing fight against measles Debate over mandatory MMR vaccination Flu activity appears to be nearing its peak Swine flu jab in pregnancy safe for children as well as mothers Patients often avoid vaccinations due to fear of side effects (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 7, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

CDC Estimates 1,300 Flu Deaths In US This Season; Widespread Activity In Massachusetts
(CNN/CBS) — At least 1,300 people have died from the flu so far this season, according to a preliminary estimate released Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There have been at least 2.6 million flu illnesses and 23,000 flu-related hospitalizations, according to the analysis. So far this season, the CDC has received reports of 10 children who have died from the flu, four more than the week before. Experts have warned that flu is hitting the United States early this year, and there are concerns that this early season could mean a particularly severe season overall. Flu spread significantly in ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Flu Source Type: news

All primary pupils in London to be offered flu vaccine
NHS London says 3.2m people in the capital are eligible for free vaccination Related items fromOnMedica More powerful flu jab available for over 65s this winter BMJ report questions swine flu jab transparency Parental confidence in immunisation programme ‘very high’ Adjuvanted trivalent flu vaccine best option for over-65s Decision to give boys HPV jab will save thousands of lives (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 12, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Bird flu identified in Suffolk
27,000 chickens will be culled at a commercial chicken farm in Mid Suffolk where disease identified Related items fromOnMedica Pandemic flu death toll could be 15 times higher More investment needed to prevent new pandemics Texting can improve flu jab uptake Adjuvanted trivalent flu vaccine best option for over-65s UK population took fewest steps to prevent spread of swine flu (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 11, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS staff, patients and parents urged to get flu vaccine
PHE tells GPs to call in all eligible children for nasal spray by early December, and to use injected vaccine if no spray available Related items fromOnMedica Adjuvanted trivalent flu vaccine best option for over-65s Parental confidence in immunisation programme ‘very high’ Should we have compulsory measles vaccination at school entry? Statins of small and uncertain benefit in primary prevention Swine flu jab in pregnancy safe for children as well as mothers (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 26, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Benefits of exercise referral schemes not as large as hoped
Roll-out of schemes should be rethought to maximise effectiveness, say researchers Related items fromOnMedica Short intense exercise regimes may aid weight loss What promotes uptake and retention in group-based weight management services? New GP guidelines help patients and staff get fit GPs to spearhead swine flu mass vaccination NHS sets out H1N1 vaccination targets (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 20, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Warning on post-Brexit antibiotic use
Scientists fear mass medication of livestock if the UK diverges from EU rules Related items fromOnMedica Doctors can help overcome ‘vaccine hesitancy’ NHS review recommends making childhood vaccination more 'convenient' for parents Point-of-care diagnostics needed to curb antimicrobial resistance Swine flu hits youngest most but mortality greatest in elderly Expert questions US advice on influenza vaccines (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 19, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Government bans parallel export of MMR vaccine
MMR vaccine added to list of medicines that cannot be parallel exported from the UK to protect stock for private patients Related items fromOnMedica Hancock says compulsory vaccinations may be needed BMJ report questions swine flu jab transparency Parental confidence in immunisation programme ‘very high’ Routine child vaccination coverage rates fall HPV programme linked to dramatic fall in cervical disease (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 6, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Nearly all pre-school jab uptake targets missed in England
NHS reorganisation in 2013 may have had important role, says NAO report Related items fromOnMedica Parental confidence in immunisation programme ‘very high’ Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 Decision to give boys HPV jab will save thousands of lives Swine flu jab in pregnancy safe for children as well as mothers US expert calls for mandatory vaccines (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 25, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Wider range of flu vaccines offered as campaign begins
30 million to be offered free NHS flu jab this winter Related items fromOnMedica Swine flu jab in pregnancy safe for children as well as mothers Routine child vaccination coverage rates fall World ’s first malaria vaccine piloted in Malawi babies Parental confidence in immunisation programme ‘very high’ Easter travellers warned over Europe measles outbreak (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 4, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Hancock says compulsory vaccinations may be needed
Minister tells Tory conference that unvaccinated children were 'putting other children at risk' Related items fromOnMedica Parental confidence in immunisation programme ‘very high’ HPV programme linked to dramatic fall in cervical disease BMJ report questions swine flu jab transparency Swine flu jab in pregnancy safe for children as well as mothers Adjuvanted trivalent flu vaccine best option for over-65s (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 30, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Influenza vaccine supply faces delays
Sanofi Pasteur says some surgeries may face supply delays of up to two weeks Related items fromOnMedica Measles cases triple in Europe but immunisation rates grow Doctors promise 'flu vaccine is on its way' Decision to give boys HPV jab will save thousands of lives BMJ report questions swine flu jab transparency Doctors to offer newly licensed flu vaccine (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 27, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Routine child vaccination coverage rates fall
MMR coverage falls for fifth year in a row Related items fromOnMedica Parental confidence in immunisation programme ‘very high’ Results from children ’s flu jab pilots ‘encouraging’ Easter travellers warned over Europe measles outbreak New plea for MMR vaccination as cases rise Swine flu jab in pregnancy safe for children as well as mothers (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 26, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Flu vaccine delays 'likely' with no deal Brexit
Many flu doses will not be delivered before 31 October Brexit deadline Related items fromOnMedica Parental confidence in immunisation programme ‘very high’ BMJ report questions swine flu jab transparency Flu ‘jabathon’ aims to boost frontline staff vaccination rate Prime minister issues call to action on MMR NI launches ‘One Health’ plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 30, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

European countries losing fight against measles
UK one of four countries to lose measles elimination status Related items fromOnMedica Debate over mandatory MMR vaccination Parental confidence in immunisation programme ‘very high’ Swine flu jab in pregnancy safe for children as well as mothers Results from children ’s flu jab pilots ‘encouraging’ Measles outbreaks confirmed in five areas across UK (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 29, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Measles warning as vaccination rates fall
Up to one in seven five-year-olds may not be up to date with MMR Related items fromOnMedica Swine flu jab in pregnancy safe for children as well as mothers Parental confidence in immunisation programme ‘very high’ Debate over mandatory MMR vaccination Preventing cervical cancer: how a screening switch and HPV vaccination should cut cancer rates Experts profile four types of vaccine refusers (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 20, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Earlier transplants for liver disease kids may cut brain damage risk
Liver disease affects brain development, impact of which increases the longer the wait for a transplant, irrespective of drug treatment, say researchers Related items fromOnMedica Should we have compulsory measles vaccination at school entry? Swine flu jab in pregnancy safe for children as well as mothers Hunt announces Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review Doctors campaign against ‘too much medicine’ Parental confidence in immunisation programme ‘very high’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 29, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exposure to 2009 pH1N1 Vaccine During Pregnancy Seems Safe
THURSDAY, July 11, 2019 -- Exposure to the 2009 pandemic H1N1 (pH1N1) influenza vaccine in pregnancy is not associated with most negative health outcomes among offspring, according to a study published online July 10 in The BMJ. Laura K. Walsh, from... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 11, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Swine flu jab in pregnancy safe for children as well as mothers
No association between maternal vaccination and health problems in children ’s first five years Related items fromOnMedica Parental confidence in immunisation programme ‘very high’ Flu nasal spray fine for children with egg allergy BMJ report questions swine flu jab transparency Most CCGs missing smoking target for pregnant women Decision to give boys HPV jab will save thousands of lives (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 11, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

This Past Flu Season Was the Longest in 10 Years, the CDC Says
The 2018-2019 flu season may not have been as severe as the one that came before it, but it set a record of its own, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say. It was the longest in a decade, lasting 21 weeks. Fewer illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths were reported this year than during last year’s notoriously brutal flu season, earning the 2018-2019 season an overall severity rating of “moderate,” according to a new CDC recap. But the length and trajectory of the most recent flu season—which began in November, peaked in mid-February and trailed off in April—was unique, the C...
Source: TIME: Health - June 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized public health Source Type: news

A Smackdown in the Kennedy Clan Summons Up the History of Presidents and Vaccines
Family quarrels are usually private things—unless of course, the family is famous. A public spat among boldface names broke out on May 8, when three members of the Kennedy clan published a piece on Politico declaring that Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.—son of Bobby Kennedy—has been “tragically wrong” in his years-long crusade against vaccines, a crusade that seems especially irresponsible now as the country suffers through its worst measles outbreak since 1994. Kennedy has become a hero of the anti-vax crowd with his persistent claims that vaccines contain deadly ingredients, particularly a mercury-ba...
Source: TIME: Health - May 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized History onetime Source Type: news

A Smackdown in the Kennedy Clan Summons Up the History of Presidents and Vaccines
Family quarrels are usually private things—unless of course, the family is famous. A public spat among boldface names broke out on May 8, when three members of the Kennedy clan published a piece on Politico declaring that Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.—son of Bobby Kennedy—has been “tragically wrong” in his years-long crusade against vaccines, a crusade that seems especially irresponsible now as the country suffers through its worst measles outbreak since 1994. Kennedy has become a hero of the anti-vax crowd with his persistent claims that vaccines contain deadly ingredients, particularly a mercury-ba...
Source: TIME: Science - May 9, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized History onetime Source Type: news

Parental confidence in immunisation programme ‘very high’
Healthcare professionals remain the most trusted source of information – social media comes bottom Related items fromOnMedica Adjuvanted trivalent flu vaccine best option for over-65s BMJ report questions swine flu jab transparency Flu nasal spray fine for children with egg allergy Results from children ’s flu jab pilots ‘encouraging’ Texting can improve flu jab uptake (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 25, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

'Bubble Boy' disease reversed with HIV
Children born with severe combined immunodeficiency treated with genetically altered HIV Related items fromOnMedica Drugmakers 'on track' to produce swine flu vaccine 'MMR should be compulsory', says public health expert A stab in the dark Rapid rise in flu consultations putting strain on GPs BMJ report questions swine flu jab transparency (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 18, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Pandemics and Emerging Diseases
Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Published: 3/28/2019. This web page provides pandemic influenza information in general, and specifically about 2009 H1N1 (Swine) Flu Virus (Biologics); Influenza Virus Vaccine, H5N1 (for National Stockpile); and Questions and Answers about H5N1 Influenza Virus Vaccine, manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur, Inc. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Nationalised drug companies could tackle antibiotic resistance
Influential economist says he is 'shocked' by pharmaceutical industry's lack of investment Related items fromOnMedica Drugmakers 'on track' to produce swine flu vaccine Scottish Bill passed to protect public from contamination Doctors move clinics to carparks in wake of measles Doctors promise 'flu vaccine is on its way' Easter travellers warned over Europe measles outbreak (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 28, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

CDC: Flu Season May Not Have Peaked, Another Wave Of Severe Infections Underway
(CNN) — Flu activity remains high across the nation, and there’s a second wave of severe infections striking some states. There were as many as 26.3 million flu illnesses, 12.4 million medical visits and 347,000 flu hospitalizations between October 1 and March 2, according to the weekly flu report released Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We’re still having flu. And we’re still seeing a steady stream of patients who are being admitted to hospital with influenza,” said Dr. William Schaffner, medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN Flu Source Type: news

Could CRISPR Diagnostics Provide a Valuable Weapon in the Fight against Pandemic Flu?
The flu season is up and running in the Northern Hemisphere, and early signs in both the United States and Europe are that the effects might not be quite as severe as the brutal 2017/18 season. The United States is predominantly seeing H1N1 circulating, while monitoring in Europe has identified co-circulation of H1N1 and H3N2—both varieties of Influenza A that should be covered by the seasonable vaccine. What if they weren’t though? Influenza A can be found in both human and animal populations, and it evolves rapidly through genetic mutation. Each year many humans rely on their country&a...
Source: MDDI - March 8, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Paul Wilkins Tags: IVD Source Type: news

Antibiotics courses often longer than guidelines
At least 80% of antibiotic scrips for URTIs exceeded guideline durations – but just 9.6% for acute sinusitis Related items fromOnMedica TB could be cured by four months ’ treatment in many patients Antibiotic scrip rates lower in CAM-trained practices BMJ report questions swine flu jab transparency Adjuvanted trivalent flu vaccine best option for over-65s More action needed to treat TB (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 28, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

This Year ’ s Flu Shot Less Than 50% Effective, According To CDC
By Susan Scutti, CNN (CNN) — Don’t let your guard down: The US flu season is expected to continue for several more weeks, with activity across the nation now elevated, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. A flu shot is still recommended for those who have neglected to get one, but the CDC estimated this year’s vaccine’s overall effectiveness in preventing an infection at just 47%. The shot’s success varies based on your age, the CDC noted. Among children up to 17, its overall effectiveness against flu was 61%, while just 24% of adults 50 and older who received t...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN Flu Flu Shot Source Type: news

This Year ’s Flu Shot Was Far More Effective Than Last Year’s. Here’s Why
The 2018-2019 flu season has been a relatively mild one — and a pretty effective flu shot is part of the reason why. Mid-season estimates suggest that the flu shot has reduced the risk of illness by around 47% in vaccinated people, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released Thursday. During the severe 2017-2018 flu season, vaccine efficacy was estimated at just 36%. The difference is partly because the dominant influenza virus last year, H3N2, is known to cause more serious illnesses and to be less responsive to vaccination than other strains. This year, H1N1 — whic...
Source: TIME: Health - February 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime public health Source Type: news

Measles cases triple in Europe but immunisation rates grow
72 people killed by measles in 2018, official WHO figures show Related items fromOnMedica BMJ report questions swine flu jab transparency Flu jab linked to fewer hospitalisations US expert calls for mandatory vaccines UK ‘can and should do better’ in many areas of healthcare Two HPV jabs protect women from genital warts (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 8, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Superbugs, Anti-Vaxxers Make WHO ’ s List Of 10 Global Health Threats
(CNN) — From climate change to superbugs, the World Health Organization has laid out 10 big threats to our global health in 2019. And unless these threats get addressed, millions of lives will be in jeopardy. Here’s a snapshot of 10 urgent health issues, according to the United Nations’ public health agency: Not vaccinating when you can One of the most controversial recent health topics in the US is now an international concern. “Vaccine hesitancy — the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines — threatens to reverse progress made in tackling vaccine-prevent...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN Local TV Source Type: news

Mass vaccination for influenza a failed strategy, scientists admit... it simply doesn't reduce influenza-related hospital admissions at all
(Natural News) Mass vaccination against the pandemic influenza A/H1N1 infection fell short on expected results, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal. Researchers examined a cohort of 388,069 patients younger than 65 years old, who were given the H1N1 vaccination between November 2009 and January 2010 when the transmission of pandemic influenza was... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The H1N1 strain of the swine flu is back — here's what you need to know
In 2009 we were hit with the H1N1 strain of the swine flu. It triggered widespread vaccinations. More than 120 people died in Ontario. And now it’s back. Dr. Bryna Warshawsky, a medical director with Public Health Ontario, tells us what we need to know about this year's strain. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Hamilton Source Type: news