• 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
  • GSK Begins Shipping 2014-15 U.S. Flu Vaccines
    GSK announced today it has begun shipping FLUARIX® QUADRIVALENT (influenza vaccine) doses to U.S. healthcare providers.  This is the first shipment of GSK’s U.S. flu vaccine supply for the flu season, following licensing and lot-release approval from the U.S. ...More
    July 16, 2014 Posted in News
  • Bacterial Respiratory Tract Colonization Prior to Catching Flu May Protect Against Severe Illness
    Many studies have shown that more severe illness and even death are likely to result if you develop a secondary respiratory infection after developing influenza. Now, however, a team of researchers based at The Wistar Institute has determined that if you reverse the order ...More
    July 10, 2014 Posted in News
  • Automatic Surveillance System Can Detect Patients with Influenza from Computerized ED Records
    Early knowledge of influenza outbreaks in the community allows local hospital healthcare workers to recognise the clinical signs of influenza in hospitalized patients and to apply effective precautions. The objective of the study by Gerbier-Colomban, et al. (2014) was to ...More
    July 10, 2014 Posted in News