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  • 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
  • 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