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  • Comparing Microcrystalline Tyrosine Adjuvant with Aluminium Hydroxide for Enhancing Flu Vaccination
    Vaccination against seasonal influenza strains is recommended for high-risk patient groups such as infants, elderly and those with respiratory or circulatory diseases. However, efficacy of the trivalent influenza vaccine (TIV) is poor in many cases and in the event of an ...More
    March 29, 2017 Posted in News
  • CDC Flu Update: Activity Decreases for Fifth Consecutive Week
    According to the CDC's FluView report for the week ending March 18, 2017 (week 11), flu activity remains elevated, but decreased for the fifth consecutive week. While the 2016-2017 flu season has peaked, 36 states continue to report widespread flu activity and significant ...More
    March 27, 2017 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • A Little Nudge May Provide a Big Boost to Flu Vaccination Rates
    Currently, only 44 percent of adults in the United States receive an annual flu vaccination. Though the rate has increased in recent years, the change has been slow and marginal. But, a new study suggests that a simple behavioral economics technique known as "active choice" ...More
    March 27, 2017 Posted in News
  • CDC Flu Update: Activity Continues to Decline
    According to the CDC's FluView report for the week ending March 11, 2017 (week 10), flu activity remains elevated, but continues to decline. The 2016-2017 flu season has likely peaked and is now on the decline, however 36 states continue to report widespread flu activity ...More
    March 20, 2017 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • CDC Flu Update: Activity Has Likely Peaked
    According to the CDC's FluView report for the week ending March 4, 2017 (week 9), while flu activity remained elevated for the 12th consecutive week, the season has likely peaked. 39 states are reporting widespread flu activity compared to 43 last week and the southern and ...More
    March 13, 2017 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Patients More Likely to Get Flu Shots When Doctors Make Appointments
    Patients are much more likely to get a flu shot if their doctors make the appointment for them, Rutgers researchers have discovered. The study has found that doctors who take a proactive stance and schedule flu shots for patients can dramatically increase ...More
    March 10, 2017 Posted in News
  • African-Americans Less Likely to Get Flu Vaccine Than White Americans
    Fewer than half of American adults get vaccinated despite strong recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and widespread availability of free and low-cost vaccines. Furthermore, African-Americans are less likely to get the flu shot than ...More
    March 10, 2017 Posted in News
  • Asthmatics are Less Able to Fight Off Flu
    People with asthma are likely to have worse symptoms when they get the flu because they have weaker immune systems, new University of Southampton research has shown. A study led by the university's Dr Ben Nicholas  and published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical ...More
    March 9, 2017 Posted in News
  • Parental Concerns Reduce Uptake of Child Flu Vaccine
    The first study investigating parental attitudes toward the UK's child flu vaccine has found concerns about safety and side effects may negatively influence uptake, and recommends that public health messages need to be reinforced. Led by King's College London and published ...More
    March 8, 2017 Posted in News
  • CDC Flu Update: Increasing Number of Influenza B Viruses Detected
    According to the CDC's FluView report for the week ending Feb. 25, 2017 (week 8), flu activity remained elevated. Also, CDC reported six additional flu-associated pediatric deaths for the 2016-2017 season. The proportion of people seeing their healthcare provider for ...More
    March 6, 2017 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene