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Influenza


  • A Shot in the Arm for Flu Vaccine Distribution
    Each fall, doctors stress the importance of getting a flu shot; influenza is the most frequent cause of death from a vaccine-preventable disease in the United States. But on-time delivery of the vaccine can be tenuous, and there can be shortages during times of peak demand, ...More
    February 19, 2016 Posted in News
  • Immune Response to Flu Vaccine Linked to Recipients' Ethnic Background
    How well a flu shot protects you from the virus can depend on your ethnic background and other inherited factors, report Dana-Farber Cancer Institute scientists. The researchers, led by Wayne Marasco, MD, PhD, a cancer immunologist and virologist at Dana-Farber, found ...More
    February 16, 2016 Posted in News
  • CDC Flu Update: Localized Pockets of High Activity in the U.S.
    According to this week’s Fluview report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu activity increased slightly in the United States. There are localized pockets of high activity in parts of the country and the percentage of respiratory specimens ...More
    February 14, 2016 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • WHO Issues Influenza Risk Assessment
    The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a risk assessment related to seasonal influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 virus. According to the assessment, compared to previous years, northern hemisphere seasonal influenza activity commenced late in some countries in western Europe, ...More
    February 9, 2016 Posted in News
  • CDC Flu Update: Percentage of Respiratory Specimens Testing Positive for Flu Increases
    According to this week’s Fluview report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu activity continues to increase slowly; however there are localized pockets of high activity in parts of the country and the percentage of respiratory specimens ...More
    February 7, 2016 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • For Pregnant Women With Flu, the Earlier the Better for Antiviral Treatment
    Pregnant women are at higher risk for serious illness and complications, including death, from influenza. For expectant mothers hospitalized with flu, early treatment with the influenza antiviral drug oseltamivir may shorten their time in the hospital, especially in severe ...More
    February 4, 2016 Posted in News
  • Flu Vaccine Shows Promise for Reducing Risk of Influenza-Associated Atrial Fibrillation
    Influenza is significantly associated with an increased risk of new-onset atrial fibrillation, which could be reduced through influenza vaccination, according to new findings reported by HeartRhythm. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a heart condition that causes an irregular and ...More
    February 2, 2016 Posted in News
  • Effectiveness of Influenza Vaccine for Pregnant Women May Differ by Trimester
    In a study to be presented on Feb. 5 in an oral concurrent session at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting™, in Atlanta, researchers will present findings from a study titled, T-follicular helper (Thf) cell expansion varies ...More
    February 1, 2016 Posted in News
  • CDC Receives Reports of Severe Influenza Illness
    Influenza activity is increasing across the country and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has received reports of severe influenza illness. Clinicians are reminded to treat suspected influenza in high-risk outpatients, those with progressive disease, and ...More
    February 1, 2016 Posted in News
  • Super Bowl Celebrations Spread the Flu, Say Tulane Researchers
    Cover your coughs in the Carolinas and don't double dip in Denver. A Tulane University study published in the American Journal of Health Economics found cities with teams in the Super Bowl see a rise in flu deaths. Lead author Charles Stoecker of Tulane University School of ...More
    February 1, 2016 Posted in News