• Health Officials Urge Flu Vaccination for All, Including Healthy Adults
    Influenza vaccination coverage estimates show an encouraging upward trend overall, but coverage among healthy 18- to 64-year-olds has yet to top 40 percent, according to new data announced at a news conference held last week by the National Foundation for Infectious ...More
    September 22, 2014 Posted in News
  • Flu Vaccine for Expectant Moms a Top Priority
    Only about half of all pregnant women in the U.S. get a flu shot each season, leaving thousands of moms-to-be and their babies at increased risk of serious illness. “Getting a flu shot should be a routine part of prenatal care,” says Edward McCabe, MD, March of ...More
    September 18, 2014 Posted in News
  • Take Your Best Shot at Avoiding the Flu This Season
    Everyone knows that the best way to avoid the flu is by getting an annual flu shot. But a trip to your physician every autumn for the vaccination can help you avoid much more than the dreaded flu bug. “At the doctor’s office, the focus is on you and what is ...More
    September 13, 2014 Posted in News
  • 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