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  • Deploying New Molecular Influenza Tests in the Fight Against Antimicrobial Resistance
    During influenza season, which can start as early as October and end as late as May, tens of thousands of people visit physicians because of influenza-like illness (ILI). Given the concentrated volume of patients presenting with these symptoms and the similarity of ILI ...More
    October 21, 2015 Posted in Articles
  • Higher-Dose Flu Shot Decreases Hospitalization of Older Nursing Home Residents
    In the largest nursing home study to date on the effect of high dose flu vaccine, researchers found that shots with four times the strength of standard flu shots significantly reduced the risk of being hospitalized during the influenza season. There was a 1.2 percent ...More
    October 10, 2015 Posted in News
  • Flu Vaccine Helps Reduce Hospitalizations Due to Influenza Pneumonia
    More than half of hospitalizations due to influenza pneumonia could be prevented by influenza vaccination, according to a study led by investigators at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association. "We ...More
    October 6, 2015 Posted in News
  • New On-Chip Optical Sensing Technique Used to Detect Multiple Flu Strains
    New chip-based optical sensing technologies developed by researchers at UC Santa Cruz and Brigham Young University enable the rapid detection and identification of multiple biomarkers. In a paper published October 5 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, ...More
    October 6, 2015 Posted in News
  • HHS Advances Development of a Novel Drug to Treat Influenza
    A monoclonal antibody therapeutic drug, a novel approach to treating patients with influenza, will advance in development with funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). No ...More
    October 2, 2015 Posted in News
  • Flu Infection Reveals Many Paths to Immune Response
    A new study of influenza infection in an animal model broadens understanding of how the immune system responds to flu virus, showing that the process is more dynamic than usually described, engaging a broader array of biological pathways. The researchers say their findings ...More
    September 28, 2015 Posted in News
  • How Flu Viruses Gain the Ability to Spread
    Flu viruses come in many strains, and some are better equipped than others to spread from person to person. Scientists have now discovered that the soft palate -- the soft tissue at the back of the roof of the mouth -- plays a key role in viruses' ability to travel through ...More
    September 23, 2015 Posted in News
  • Possible Contributor to the Virulence of the 1918 Flu Pandemic is Discovered
    While yearly outbreaks of flu kill about 250,000 to 500,000 people worldwide, the 1918 “Spanish” flu infected one-third of the world’s population and killed 50 million to 100 million. Chad Petit, PhD, assistant professor in the University of Alabama at ...More
    September 23, 2015 Posted in News
  • Nearly Half of U.S. Population Make Annual Flu Vaccination Routine
    With influenza season approaching, health experts at a news conference held at the National Press Club by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) reinforced the need for everyone six months of age and older to get vaccinated with updated 2015-2016 vaccine. ...More
    September 20, 2015 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • MMWR Report Provides Flu Update
    From May 24 through Sept. 5, 2015, the United States experienced typical low levels of seasonal influenza activity, according to a report in this week's MMWR by Blanton, et al. (2015). Influenza A (H1N1)pdm09 (pH1N1), influenza A (H3N2), and influenza B viruses were ...More
    September 18, 2015 Posted in News