• Mandatory Policy Boosts Flu Vaccination Rates Among Healthcare Workers
    Hospitals can greatly improve their flu vaccination rate among healthcare workers by using a mandatory employee vaccination policy, according to a Henry Ford Health System study. Citing its own data, Henry Ford researchers say the health system achieved employee vaccination ...More
    September 8, 2014 Posted in News
  • New Single-Dose Influenza Drug Appears to be Safe and Effective
    An analysis of phase 2 and phase 3 clinical trials shows that a single injected dose of the neuraminidase inhibitor (NAI) peramivir is safe and effective at alleviating influenza symptoms, including fever and viral shedding, when administered within 48 hours of the onset of ...More
    September 8, 2014 Posted in News
  • Researchers Review Estimates of the Reproduction Number for Seasonal, Pandemic Influenza
    The potential impact of an influenza pandemic can be assessed by calculating a set of transmissibility parameters, the most important being the reproduction number (R), which is defined as the average number of secondary cases generated per typical infectious case. ...More
    September 5, 2014 Posted in News
  • Washington State University Flu Outbreak Provides Rare Study Material
    Five years ago this month, one of the first U.S. outbreaks of the H1N1 virus swept through the Washington State University campus, striking some 2,000 people. A university math and biology professor has used a trove of data gathered at the time to gain insight into how only ...More
    August 26, 2014 Posted in News
  • Physicians Miss Opportunities to Offer Flu Shots
    Physicians should make a point of offering a flu vaccine to their patients, and a simple reminder could considerably reduce the number of racial and ethnic minorities who currently do not vaccinate themselves against this common contagious respiratory illness. This ...More
    August 25, 2014 Posted in News
  • Some Mothers-to-Be Opt Out of Getting Flu Vaccine
    Both mother and fetus are at increased risk for complications of flu infection during pregnancy. And prenatal care providers say they’re advising women to get the flu vaccine, in line with recommendations from various organizations. But many pregnant women don’t ...More
    August 18, 2014 Posted in News
  • Targeting Specialized Lung Cells Might be a Way to Shorten Duration of Flu Symptoms
    A specialized subset of lung cells can shake flu infection, yet they remain stamped with an inflammatory gene signature that wreaks havoc in the lung, according to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine. Seasonal flu is caused by influenza virus, which ...More
    August 18, 2014 Posted in News
  • High-Dose Flu Vaccine More Effective in Elderly
    High-dose influenza vaccine is 24 percent more effective than the standard-dose vaccine in protecting persons ages 65 and over against influenza illness and its complications, according to a Vanderbilt-led study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). ...More
    August 14, 2014 Posted in News
  • Researchers Uncover Clues to Flu's Mechanisms
    A flu virus acts like a Trojan horse as it attacks and infects host cells. Scientists at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine have acquired a clearer view of the well-hidden mechanism involved. Their computer simulations may lead to new strategies to stop ...More
    July 31, 2014 Posted in News
  • Potential New Flu Drugs Target Immune Response, Not Virus
    The seriousness of disease often results from the strength of immune response, rather than with the virus, itself. Turning down that response, rather than attacking the virus, might be a better way to reduce that severity, says Juliet Morrison of the University of ...More
    July 21, 2014 Posted in News