Assessing the Performance of Multiple Influenza Forecasting Models

January 17, 2019

In what the authors believe is the first documented comparison of several real-time infectious disease forecasting models by different teams across many seasons, five research groups report this week that a majority of models consistently showed higher accuracy than historical baseline models.

CDC Flu Update: Seasonal Influenza Activity Remains Elevated

January 15, 2019

According to this week’s FluView report, seasonal influenza activity remains elevated in the United States. The number of states reporting widespread geographic flu activity went from 24 states during the last reporting week to 30 states.

'Nowcasting' Technique Enables Highly Accurate Local Flu Surveillance

January 12, 2019

Influenza is highly contagious and easily spreads as people move about and travel, making tracking and forecasting flu activity a challenge. While the CDC continuously monitors patient visits for flu-like illness in the U.S., this information can lag up to two weeks behind real time.

Lung Neuropeptide Exacerbates Lethal Influenza Virus Infection

January 11, 2019

Severe influenza virus infection is characterized by a strong inflammatory response and profuse viral replication in lungs. These viruses, such as the notorious avian flu, have a high rate of death and to date there are no effective treatments.

Newborns Face Risks When Born to Women With the Flu

January 10, 2019

Pregnant women with influenza are more likely to experience complications, but how this affects infants is unclear. A new Birth Defects Research study uncovers the potential risks to infants.

Flu Vaccine is Safe for Hospitalized Patients

January 8, 2019

Hospitalized patients who received the flu vaccine had no increased risk of outpatient visits or hospital readmission within seven days of discharge, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

CDC Flu Update: Activity Continues to Increase Nationwide

January 3, 2019

According to this week’s FluView report, seasonal influenza activity is elevated nationally and continues to increase. The number of states experiencing high influenza activity went from two during the last reporting week to nine plus New York City.