• 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
  • Flu Vaccines Aimed at Younger Populations Could Reduce Transmission
    The significant value of vaccinating more children and young adults for influenza is being seriously underestimated, experts say in a new report, while conventional wisdom and historic vaccine programs have concentrated on the elderly and those at higher risk of death and ...More
    June 11, 2013 Posted in News
  • WHO Issues Interim Guidance on Pandemic Influenza Risk Management
    The World Health Organization (WHO) has released interim guidance that replaces the 2009 Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response: a WHO guidance document. Key highlights include the following:- Focus upon risk assessment at national level to guide national level ...More
    June 11, 2013 Posted in News
  • Mandatory Flu Vaccination of Healthcare Personnel Does Not Lead to Worker Exodus
    Mandatory influenza (flu) vaccination, as a condition of employment, did not lead to excessive voluntary termination, according to a four-year analysis of vaccination rates at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill. Flu infections result in approximately 150,000 ...More
    June 7, 2013 Posted in News
  • Research Team to Study Secrets of Flu, Ebola, West Nile Viruses
    In an effort to sort out why some viruses such as influenza, Ebola and West Nile are so lethal, a team of U.S. researchers plans a comprehensive effort to model how humans respond to these viral pathogens. The study will be led by Yoshihiro Kawaoka, a University of ...More
    June 7, 2013 Posted in News