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  • 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
  • Flu Vaccination is Important for Long-Term Care Facility Residents and Personnel
    Influenza is a serious health threat, especially for vulnerable populations like older adults and people living with long-term chronic medical conditions, like asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and kidney and liver disorders. So, it’s especially important that all ...More
    September 14, 2015 Posted in News
  • Where Flu Vaccination Rates are Higher in Adults Under 65, Lower Flu Risk for Seniors
    Healthy adults who get the flu vaccine may help protect not only themselves but also older adults in their community at higher risk for serious complications from influenza, suggest findings from a new study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases. Based on a national ...More
    September 10, 2015 Posted in News
  • Flu Vaccine Reduces Hospitalizations and Deaths Among Nursing Home Residents
    When the influenza vaccine is well matched to the prevailing strains of flu in a given season, patients in nursing homes are significantly less likely to be hospitalized or to die of pneumonia and other influenza-related causes. The finding comes from a study of more than 1 ...More
    September 8, 2015 Posted in News
  • Early Flu Treatment Reduces Hospitalization Time, Disability Risk in Older People
    Early treatment of flu-hospitalized people 65 and older with flu antiviral medications cuts the duration of their hospital stay and reduces their risk of needing extended care after discharge, a new CDC study finds. The study is the first to look at the benefits of early ...More
    September 3, 2015 Posted in News
  • Flu Study Yields New Vaccine Technology
    Vaccines to protect against an avian influenza pandemic as well as seasonal flu may be mass produced more quickly and efficiently using technology described today (Sept. 2) by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the journal Nature Communications. The new ...More
    September 2, 2015 Posted in News
  • Pneumonia Present in Nearly One-Third of Adults Hospitalized With Influenza
    Influenza and pneumonia combined are the leading causes of death due to infectious diseases in the United States. Garg, et al. (2015) describe factors associated with pneumonia among adults hospitalized with influenza. Through the Emerging Infections Program, the ...More
    August 28, 2015 Posted in News