WHO Casts Spotlight on Influenza

October 17, 2018

When 100 passengers on a flight from Dubai to New York in September 2018 fell ill with respiratory symptoms, health officials were concerned that they might be carrying a serious respiratory illness called MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) and quarantined the plane until fur

Survey Shows Widespread Skepticism of Flu Shot

October 15, 2018

When a child gets the flu, they're not only sick in bed for a week or more, but the illness can also have serious and even life-threatening consequences. In fact, 180 children died after contracting the flu during the 2017-2018 season, one of the most severe on record.

Flu Vaccine Reduces Risk of Flu Hospitalization Among Pregnant Women

October 12, 2018

Over the course of six flu seasons, getting a flu shot reduced a pregnant woman’s risk of being hospitalized from flu by an average of 40 percent. The findings come from a multi-country, CDC-coauthored study published today in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Lessons From the 1918 Flu Pandemic, 100 Years On

October 9, 2018

This year marks the centenary of the 1918 influenza pandemic, the worst flu outbreak in recorded history. A new study into the human, viral and societal factors behind its severity provides valuable lessons that could save lives in future pandemics.

Building a Flu Factory From Host Cell Components

October 1, 2018

Perhaps inspired by the annual 3 million to 5 million cases of severe influenza worldwide, the Guinness World Record organization is advertising for individuals or organizations to attempt a record for the most people getting a flu awaren