• Seasonal Flu Vaccines Boost Immunity to Many Types of Flu Viruses
    Seasonal flu vaccines may protect individuals not only against the strains of flu they contain but also against many additional types, according to a study published this week in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. The work, ...More
    December 9, 2014 Posted in News
  • FDA Clears the Simplexa Flu A/B and RSV Direct Test to Include Eight Circulating Influenza Viruses
    Focus Diagnostics, the products business of Quest Diagnostics, announces that its Simplexa™ Flu A/B & RSV Direct Kit has received FDA clearance for eight additional influenza strains. These strains may pose significant potential health risks and may be circulating ...More
    December 9, 2014 Posted in News
  • X-rays Show How Flu Antibody Binds to Viruses
    An important study conducted in part at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory may lead to new, more effective vaccines and medicines by revealing detailed information about how a flu antibody binds to a wide variety of flu viruses. The flu ...More
    December 9, 2014 Posted in News
  • Correcting Flu Vaccine Myths May Not Effectively Promote Immunization
    With health systems in the U.S., U.K., and around the world trying to increase vaccination levels, it is critical to understand how to address vaccine hesitancy and counter myths about vaccine safety. A new article in the journal Vaccine concludes, however, that correcting ...More
    December 8, 2014 Posted in News
  • Early Data Suggest Potentially Severe Flu Season
    Early data suggest that the current 2014-2015 flu season could be severe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges immediate vaccination for anyone still unvaccinated this season and recommends prompt treatment with antiviral drugs for people at high risk ...More
    December 4, 2014 Posted in News
  • CDC Issues Alert on Potential for Circulation of Drifted Influenza A (H3N2) Viruses
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reminding clinicians of the benefits of influenza antiviral medications and urging continued influenza vaccination of unvaccinated patients this influenza season. Influenza activity is currently low in the United ...More
    December 4, 2014 Posted in News
  • Vaccination Remains the Best Way to Avoid the Flu
    Joy and goodwill aren’t the only things we start spreading to friends, family, colleagues -- even strangers -- this time of year. Late fall and early winter also signal the start of annual spread of the influenza virus. The influenza virus is expected to peak from ...More
    December 4, 2014 Posted in News
  • Survey Finds Flu Concern is High but Actions Remain Low
    A national survey found that U.S. adults are more concerned about influenza (flu) this season compared to the 2011-12 season. Yet, despite heightened concerns, few take actions to stop the spread of flu. Among those surveyed, 41 percent receive an annual flu vaccine after ...More
    December 2, 2014 Posted in News
  • Scientists Create the First Complete Picture of a Key Flu Virus Machine
    If you planned to sabotage a factory, a recon trip through the premises would probably be much more useful than just peeping in at the windows. Scientists looking to understand – and potentially thwart – the influenza virus have now gone from a similar ...More
    November 20, 2014 Posted in News
  • A New Tool for Identifying Onset of Local Influenza Outbreaks
    Predicting the beginning of influenza outbreaks is notoriously difficult, and can affect prevention and control efforts. Now, just in time for flu season, biostatistician Nicholas Reich of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and colleagues at Johns Hopkins have devised ...More
    November 20, 2014 Posted in News