Influenza


  • Study Shows Two New Flu Strains Do Not Yet Easily Infect Humans
    Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have analyzed a key protein from two influenza strains that recently began causing sporadic infections among people in China and Taiwan. The analyses suggest that the flu viruses, variants of subtypes H10N8 and H6N1, have ...More
    March 11, 2015 Posted in News
  • Use of Hospital Staff ILI Absence for Enhancing Hospital Preparedness, National Surveillance
    Early warning and robust estimation of influenza burden are critical to inform hospital preparedness and operational, treatment, and vaccination policies. Methods to enhance influenza-like illness (ILI) surveillance are regularly reviewed. Drumright, et al. (2015) ...More
    March 6, 2015 Posted in News
  • New Compound Protects From H5N1 Two Species of Animal Models
    Since 2003, the H5N1 influenza virus, more commonly known as the bird flu, has been responsible for the deaths of millions of chickens and ducks and has infected more than 650 people, leading to a 60 percent mortality rate for the latter. Luckily, this virus has yet to ...More
    March 4, 2015 Posted in News
  • Adults Only Really Catch the Flu About Twice a Decade, Study Suggests
    Adults over the age of 30 only catch flu about twice a decade, a new study publishing March 3 in PLOS Biology suggests. Flu-like illness can be caused by many pathogens, making it difficult to assess how often people are infected by influenza. The immune system responds to ...More
    March 4, 2015 Posted in News
  • Kansas State University Researchers Monitor for Next Novel Influenza Strain
    As seasonal influenza cases decrease across the United States, Kansas State University researchers are preparing for the next potential virulent strain of flu. The work is starting with swine in the field. Juergen Richt, Regents distinguished professor of veterinary ...More
    March 3, 2015 Posted in News
  • Flu Activity Continues to Decrease, CDC Reports
    According to this week’s FluView report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza activity is still elevated but continues to decrease in the United States. The number of states with widespread or high flu activity is decreasing, ...More
    March 1, 2015 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • ACIP Reaffirms Recommendation for Annual Influenza Vaccination
    Today the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted on its annual influenza vaccine recommendations for 2015-2016. ACIP voted to continue to recommend that all persons 6 months and older be vaccinated annually against influenza. However ACIP did not renew ...More
    February 26, 2015 Posted in News
  • Warning Signals from the Volatile World of Influenza Viruses
    The current global influenza situation is characterized by a number of trends that must be closely monitored. These include: an increase in the variety of animal influenza viruses co-circulating and exchanging genetic material, giving rise to novel strains; continuing cases ...More
    February 26, 2015 Posted in News
  • Advocacy, Race Affect Flu Vaccination Rates, Study Finds
    A doctor’s recommendation and a patient’s race may influence flu vaccination rates, according to researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Researchers found that 90 percent of patients received vaccination if their physician advocated for it compared to 58 ...More
    February 24, 2015 Posted in News
  • Flu Activity Continues to Decrease, CDC Reports
    According to this week’s FluView report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza activity is still elevated but continues to decrease in the United States. The number of states with widespread or high flu activity is decreasing, however, ...More
    February 22, 2015 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene