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  • 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
  • ACIP Recommendations for Use of Seasonal Influenza Vaccines
    The Aug. 7, 2015 issue of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) provides a report that updates the 2014 recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) regarding the use of seasonal influenza vaccines. Updated information for the ...More
    August 25, 2015 Posted in News
  • Influenza Vaccines Provide Moderate Protection Throughout the Entire Flu Season
    Individuals who received the flu vaccine were protected for up to six months post-vaccination, the duration of most flu seasons, according to a study presented at the 2015 International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases. Each flu season, researchers work to ...More
    August 24, 2015 Posted in News
  • New Study Makes Major Advance Toward More Effective, Long-Lasting Flu Vaccine
    Scientists from the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson have found a way to induce antibodies to fight a wide range of influenza subtypes—work that could one day eliminate the need for repeated seasonal ...More
    August 24, 2015 Posted in News
  • Study Backs Flu Vaccinations for Elderly
    A new study of the records of millions of nursing home residents affirms the value of influenza vaccination among the elderly. The Brown University analysis found that between 2000 and 2009, the better matched the vaccine was for the influenza strain going around, the fewer ...More
    August 24, 2015 Posted in News
  • School Vacations, Humidity Linked to Waves of Influenza in Mexico During the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic
    Scientists studying the 2009 A/H1N1 influenza pandemic have found that the inconsistent regional timing of pandemic waves in Mexico was the result of interactions between school breaks and regional variations in humidity. The research published in PLOS Computational ...More
    August 20, 2015 Posted in News
  • Cell Phones Help Track Flu on Campus
    New methods for analyzing personal health and lifestyle data captured through wearable devices or smartphone apps can help identify college students at risk of catching the flu, say researchers at Duke University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. With help ...More
    August 18, 2015 Posted in News
  • Flu Could Be Prevented Without a Vaccine Someday, Scientists Suggest
    Researchers have discovered a way to trigger a preventive response to a flu infection without any help from the usual players – the virus itself or interferon, a powerful infection fighter. The finding, in both mouse and human cells, suggests that manipulating a ...More
    August 12, 2015 Posted in News