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Influenza


  • Pregnant Women at Risk of Getting the Flu are Not Getting Vaccinated
    Healthcare professionals are hesitant to administer the flu vaccine to pregnant women, despite the potential life-saving benefits, according to a UBC study. The study also shows that pregnant women who were eager to get vaccinated had difficulties because health ...More
    November 22, 2016 Posted in News
  • CDC Flu Update: Low Activity is Holding Steady
    According to the CDC's FluView report for the week ending Nov. 12, 2016, flu activity is low overall in the continental United States. Influenza A (H3) viruses were most commonly reported during week 45. While the timing of influenza activity varies and is unpredictable, ...More
    November 21, 2016 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • ECDC Says A(H5N8) Flu Risk to Humans is Very Low
    Eight European countries have reported highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) A(H5N8) viruses in wild birds, zoo birds and poultry holdings. This is the second time this virus has been introduced into Europe via the autumn migration of wild birds although A(H5N8) has been ...More
    November 21, 2016 Posted in News
  • Flu Vaccine's Effectiveness Can Be Improved, New Findings Suggest
    A team of engineers and scientists at the University of Texas at Austin is reporting new findings on how the influenza vaccine produces antibodies that protect against disease, research that suggests that the conventional flu vaccine can be improved. The findings were ...More
    November 15, 2016 Posted in News
  • CDC Flu Update: Activity is Low But Expected to Increase in Coming Weeks
    According to the CDC's FluView report for the week ending Nov. 5, 2016, flu activity is low overall in the continental United States. Influenza A (H3) viruses were most commonly reported during week 44. While the timing of influenza activity varies and is unpredictable, flu ...More
    November 13, 2016 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Practice Transformation Program Increases Adult Influenza Vaccination
    An evidence-based, step-by-step guide, the 4 Pillars™ Practice Transformation Program, was the foundation of an intervention to increase adult immunizations in primary care and was tested in a randomized controlled cluster trial. The purpose of this study by Lin, ...More
    November 3, 2016 Posted in News
  • New Research Uncovers Pattern in Global Flu Outbreaks
    As cold winter weather approaches, millions of people look for remedies to avoid the flu. Yet influenza outbreaks equally affect those living in warm, tropical regions where there is no direct link to seasonal temperature changes. This lack of a seasonal connection between ...More
    November 2, 2016 Posted in News
  • 54-Year-Old 'Nonbeliever' Gets His Flu Shot After Close Call With H1N1
    Like many people his age, Jerry Lucier, 54, of Northville, Mich. never got the flu shot. Then, in April, he almost died as a result of an H1N1 flu infection and was transferred by medical helicopter to the ECMO unit at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Mich. ...More
    November 1, 2016 Posted in News
  • CDC Flu Update: Activity Low Overall Throughout U.S.
    According to the FluView report for the week ending Oct. 22, 2016, flu activity is low overall in the continental United States, with only Guam reporting widespread flu activity. Influenza A (H3) viruses were most commonly reported during week 42. While the timing of ...More
    November 1, 2016 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Predictors of Influenza Among Older Adults in the Emergency Department
    Diagnosis of influenza in older adults may be complicated by atypical presentations or when patients present with complications of an underlying illness. Lam, et al. (2016) aimed to identify clinical characteristics and epidemiological factors associated with ...More
    October 28, 2016 Posted in News