• Study Shows Tamiflu Gets Patients Back on Their Feet Faster, Reduces Flu Complications
    Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended the use of antiviral drugs to help treat influenza, in a year when the available vaccine is not a good match for the current strain. Now, new evidence about a popular antiviral—often ...More
    January 30, 2015 Posted in News
  • Super Bowl Team Cities See Spike in Flu Illness, Deaths
    Boston and Seattle football fans beware: Cities with teams in the Super Bowl see a big spike in flu deaths, according to a new Tulane University study. Using county-level statistics from 1974 to 2009, researchers found that having a team in the big game caused an 18 percent ...More
    January 30, 2015 Posted in News
  • Forecasting the Flu Through Combo of 'Big' and Traditional Data
    Three UC San Diego researchers say they can predict the spread of flu a week into the future with as much accuracy as Google Flu Trends can display levels of infection right now. The study - appearing in Scientific Reports, an online journal from the publishers of Nature - ...More
    January 29, 2015 Posted in News
  • Low Influenza Vaccination Rates Among Nursing Home Employees Put Residents at Risk, Study Finds
    Influenza is associated with as many as 7,300 deaths annually in nursing home residents, but the vaccination rate for nursing home staff is only 54 percent, according to a study in the February issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of ...More
    January 27, 2015 Posted in News
  • Prompt Use of Antivirals is Key This Flu Season
    A report published in the Jan. 16, 2015 edition of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) estimates that this season’s flu vaccine reduced a person’s risk of going to the doctor because of flu by 23 percent for all ages. The MMWR report states the ...More
    January 27, 2015 Posted in News
  • Accounting for Behavioral Responses During a Flu Epidemic Using Home Television Viewing
    Theory suggests that individual behavioral responses impact the spread of flu-like illnesses, but this has been difficult to empirically characterize. Social distancing is an important component of behavioral response, though analyses have been limited by a lack of ...More
    January 27, 2015 Posted in News
  • H3N2 Viruses Remain the Most Common Cause of Flu in the U.S.
    According to this week’s FluView report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu activity is widespread in most of the country and key indicators used to measure severity are climbing sharply. H3N2 viruses remain the most common. Flu activity has ...More
    January 26, 2015 Posted in News
  • Study Maps Travel of H7 Influenza Genes
    Influenza has a long history of being one of the most deadly diseases to afflict humanity, but what exactly makes it so dangerous? Certainly one reason is that influenza viruses have a history of jumping from other animals to humans, which, when the trans-species virus is ...More
    January 21, 2015 Posted in News
  • Breakthrough May Impact Flu Vaccination
    An analysis of 10 years' worth of data on human influenza B viruses has shed new light on the pathogen which can cause the seasonal flu. Findings from this study could help make flu immunization programs more effective; by better targeting vaccines or by eventually ...More
    January 21, 2015 Posted in News
  • Flu Activity Showing Signs of Decreasing in Some Parts of the U.S.
    According to this week’s FluView report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza activity in the U.S. remains high but there are early signs that activity has begun to decrease in parts of the country. While influenza-like-illness (ILI) and ...More
    January 19, 2015 Posted in News