Influenza


  • Protection From Flu Vaccination Reduced This Season
    A report published in the Jan. 16 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) estimates that getting a flu vaccine this season reduced a person’s risk of having to go to the doctor because of flu by 23 percent among people of all ages. Since the Centers for Disease ...More
    January 15, 2015 Posted in News
  • One Punch to Knock Out the Flu
    The fact that this year's flu shot is not a good match against this year's influenza strain is well known, and has happened before. But now researchers at McMaster University and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York say that a universal flu vaccine may be ...More
    January 15, 2015 Posted in News
  • Influenza and Sepsis: Mayo Expert Describes Warning Signs
    Sepsis can be a dangerous complication of almost any type of infection, including influenza, pneumonia and food poisoning; urinary tract infections; bloodstream infections from wounds; and abdominal infections. Steve Peters, MD, a pulmonary and critical care physician at ...More
    January 13, 2015 Posted in News
  • CDC Issues Update Regarding Treatment of Patients with Influenza with Antiviral Medications
    As a follow-up to a health alert issued on Dec. 3, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing a summary of influenza antiviral drug treatment recommendations, an update about approved treatment drugs and supply this season, and background ...More
    January 12, 2015 Posted in News
  • WSU Scientists Find Brain Protein Aids Influenza Recovery
    Washington State University Spokane scientists have found a brain protein that boosts the healing power of sleep and speeds an animal's recovery from the flu. Research by WSU professor James M. Krueger has determined that a brain-specific protein is uniquely involved in ...More
    January 12, 2015 Posted in News
  • Flu Activity Remains High, Likely to Continue
    According to this week’s FluView report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza activity in the U.S. remains high overall and is likely to continue for several weeks. The severity of flu disease so far this season is similar to some ...More
    January 11, 2015 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Are You at High Risk for Serious Illness from Flu?
    Some people are at high risk for serious flu complications, including young children, older people, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions. Flu vaccination and the correct use of influenza antiviral medications is very important for those individuals. ...More
    January 9, 2015 Posted in News
  • Stony Brook Medicine Experts Give Advice on How to Avoid the Flu and Stay Healthy
    In early December, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials warned that the year's flu season could result in more fatalities than in other years. CDC director Tom Frieden noted that the dominant flu strain circulating this season, H3N2, tends to lead ...More
    January 8, 2015 Posted in News
  • Current Flu Vaccine May Be Better Than Many Think, Says Loyola Infectious Disease Specialist
    The most common annual vaccine targets three strains of flu virus; this year, two vaccine strains are spot on and successfully matched. One strain is partially mismatched, but still believed to offer partial coverage for that strain. The current flu vaccine is still in the ...More
    January 8, 2015 Posted in News
  • Flu Activity High in Much of the Country, CDC Reports
    According to this week’s FluView report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu activity continued to increase in the United States and is high in about half of the country with national influenza-like-illness (ILI) now approaching the peak ...More
    December 31, 2014 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene