• H7N9 Influenza: History of Similar Viruses Gives Cause for Concern
    The H7N9 avian flu strain that emerged in China earlier this year has subsided for now, but it would be a mistake to be reassured by this apparent lull in infections. The virus has several highly unusual traits that paint a disquieting picture of a pathogen that may yet ...More
    July 9, 2013 Posted in News
  • CDC Issues Health Alert About Variant Influenza Virus (H3N2v) Infections
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Health Alert Network Health Advisory to provide an update on H3N2 variant virus (H3N2v) activity and summarize the agency's updated H3N2v case definitions and recommendations for H3N2v surveillance for the ...More
    July 8, 2013 Posted in News
  • New Approaches to Understanding Infection May Uncover Novel Therapies Against Influenza
    The influenza virus’ ability to mutate quickly has produced new, emerging strains that make drug discovery more critical than ever. For the first time, researchers at Seattle BioMed, along with collaborators at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, St. ...More
    July 5, 2013 Posted in News
  • Study Describes Imaging Findings in H7N9 Influenza
    H7N9 pneumonia is characterized by imaging findings that differentiate it from other types of pneumonia, including rapidly progressive changes in the lungs and pulmonary connective tissues, according to the first study to describe radiologic findings in the disease. The ...More
    July 1, 2013 Posted in News
  • Influenza Infection Increases Likelihood of Bacterial Pneumonia 100-Fold
    It’s been known for more than two centuries that pneumonia cases increase during flu epidemics. But population-level epidemiological studies looking at seasonal patterns of influenza and pneumococcal pneumonia incidence have revealed either a modest association or have ...More
    June 26, 2013 Posted in News
  • Research Finds Flu Shot Effective Regardless of Circulating Influenza Strain
    New research out of St. Michael's Hospital has found that despite popular belief, the flu shot is effective in preventing the flu, even if the virus going around does not match the vaccine. "It's quite common for people to say they are not going to get the flu shot this ...More
    June 25, 2013 Posted in News
  • ACIP Recommends Influenza Vaccine Option for Persons with Egg Allergy
    The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted today, 13-0, in favor of recommending FluBlok during the 2013-2014 influenza seasons for vaccination of persons 18 through 49 years of age with egg allergy of any severity. FluBlok was licensed by the Food and ...More
    June 20, 2013 Posted in News
  • Increased Access to Paid Sick Days May Reduce Workplace Flu Cases
    New research from the American Journal of Public Health reveals a reduction in flu cases when access to paid sick days is made available in the workplace. Researchers used an agent-based model to evaluate the transmission patterns of influenza in workplaces under different ...More
    June 13, 2013 Posted in News
  • The Upcoming Flu Season: What You Need to Know Now
    The last flu season arrived four weeks early, was more intense than expected and resulted in the deaths of more than 110 children in the United States. In an effort to get ahead of the upcoming flu season, experts at Montefiore Medical Center are raising awareness about the ...More
    June 13, 2013 Posted in News
  • Saliva Proteins May Protect Older People from Influenza
    Saliva may be the key to explaining the age and sex bias exhibited by influenza and other diseases, according to a new study. Published in ACS' Journal of Proteome Research, it provides new insights into why older people were better able to fight off the new strains of ...More
    June 12, 2013 Posted in News