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Influenza


  • Influenza in the Tropics Shows Variable Seasonality
    This map illustrates distinct peaks of influenza activity. Courtesy of Hirve et al. PLOS One.   While countries in the tropics and subtropics exhibit diverse patterns of seasonal flu activity, they can be grouped into eight geographical zones to optimize vaccine ...More
    April 27, 2016 Posted in News
  • Threat of Novel Swine Flu Viruses in Pigs and Humans
    The wide diversity of flu in pigs across multiple continents, mostly introduced from humans, highlights the significant potential of new swine flu strains emerging, according to a study to be published in eLife. While swine flu viruses have long been considered a risk for ...More
    April 26, 2016 Posted in News
  • Vaccinations are More Effective When Administered in the Morning
    New research from the University of Birmingham has shown that flu vaccinations are more effective when administered in the morning. The findings, published in the journal Vaccine, suggest administering vaccinations in the morning, rather than the afternoon, could induce ...More
    April 25, 2016 Posted in News
  • CDC Flu Update: Activity Remains Slightly Elevated
    According to this week’s FluView report, flu activity continues to decrease in the United States but remains slightly elevated. While flu activity has peaked nationally for this season, some parts of the country are still experiencing widespread flu activity and an ...More
    April 24, 2016 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • NIH Study Finds Factors That May Influence Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness
    The long-held approach to predicting seasonal influenza vaccine effectiveness may need to be revisited, new research suggests. Currently, seasonal flu vaccines are designed to induce high levels of protective antibodies against hemagglutinin (HA), a protein found on the ...More
    April 19, 2016 Posted in News
  • CDC Flu Update: 25 States Still Reporting Widespread Activity
    According to this week’s FluView report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu activity continues to decrease, but is still elevated overall nationally in the United States. Influenza-like-illness (ILI) may have peaked nationally for this ...More
    April 10, 2016 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • New Flu Vaccine Research Highlights Variable Protection Against Vaccine Strains
    A systematic review of nearly a decade of influenza studies across the globe shows influenza vaccines provided substantial protection against the H1N1 strain that has circulated since the 2009 pandemic, and against type B viruses. The study also found that vaccination ...More
    April 7, 2016 Posted in News
  • CDC Flu Update: Influenza-like Illness is Winding Down
    According to this week’s FluView report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu activity continues to decrease, but is still elevated overall nationally in the United States. Influenza-like-illness (ILI) may have peaked nationally for this ...More
    April 3, 2016 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • CDC Flu Update: Widespread Flu Activity is Reported
    According to this week’s FluView report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu activity increased in the United States. The number of states reporting widespread flu activity increased from 37 to 40 and an additional eight influenza-associated ...More
    March 20, 2016 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • St. Jude Research Will Guide Development of New Anti-Influenza Drugs
    By analyzing the molecular details of how artificially created drug-resistant flu strains manage to survive treatment, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have developed insights to guide development of powerful new anti-influenza drugs. These compounds ...More
    March 15, 2016 Posted in News