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CDC Surveillance Information for the 2017-2018 Influenza Season in the United States

CDC Surveillance Information for the 2017-2018 Influenza Season in the United States

The 2017-2018 influenza season in the United States (October 1, 2017-May 19, 2018) was a high-severity season.

News ACOG: Updated Recommendations for Influenza Vaccination During Pregnancy

ACOG: Updated Recommendations for Influenza Vaccination During Pregnancy

This updated Committee Opinion includes more recent data on the safety and efficacy of influenza vaccination during pregnancy, as well as recommendations for treatment and postexposure chemoprophylaxis.

Healthday Acetaminophen use increased between 2011-2016 cold/flu seasons

Acetaminophen use increased between 2011-2016 cold/flu seasons

During cold/flu season there is an increase in acetaminophen use and overdosing.

Healthday Cardiac surgery during flu season linked to ARDS

Cardiac surgery during flu season linked to ARDS

Undergoing cardiac surgery during the influenza season is associated with increased likelihood of development of acute respiratory distress syndrome.

News CDC: Influenza vaccine 25% effective against H3N2 in 2017-2018

CDC: Influenza vaccine 25% effective against H3N2 in 2017-2018

The 2017 to 2018 influenza vaccine reduces the chance of getting the disease by about 33%, but is only 25% effective against H3N2, otherwise known as influenza A.

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Influenza vaccine not associated with increased risk of epilepsy in children

No increased risk of incident epilepsy was seen among children who received influenza vaccination during the 2009-2010 influenza season in Norway.

Video Pediatrician recommended tips to prevent flu in children

Pediatrician recommended tips to prevent flu in children

These tips, recommended by pediatrician Shilpa Patel, MD, include keeping children home from school if they develop flu-like symptoms and monitoring your child's reaction to a fever.

News Airborne influenza transmission possible through exhalation

Airborne influenza transmission possible through exhalation

Influenza infections are independently compartmentalized in the upper and lower airways.

Feature The race to develop a universal influenza vaccine

The race to develop a universal influenza vaccine

NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is researching ways to develop a universal influenza vaccine against multiple strains.

Healthday Provider-demanded flu testing less likely in elderly patients

Provider-demanded flu testing less likely in elderly patients

Younger adults are more likely to have provider-ordered flu testing than older adults.

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