Influenza

2017-2018 recommendations for pediatric influenza vaccination

2017-2018 recommendations for pediatric influenza vaccination

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The guidelines include a strong recommendation for annual seasonal influenza immunization for everyone 6 months and older.

Influenza vaccination rates drop in children when nasal spray is unavailable

Influenza vaccination rates drop in children when nasal spray is unavailable

Total influenza vaccination rates among children in the 2016 to 2017 influenza season dropped 1.6% from the year before.

Newer influenza diagnostic tests more accurate than traditional tests

Newer influenza diagnostic tests more accurate than traditional tests

Digital immunoassays and rapid nucleic acid amplification tests have higher sensitivities for detecting influenza than rapid influenza diagnostic tests.

CDC releases updated influenza vaccine recommendations for 2017-2018

CDC releases updated influenza vaccine recommendations for 2017-2018

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The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has released the guidelines for the 2017-2018 season.

Influenza A virus transmitted from swine to humans at agricultural fair

Influenza A virus transmitted from swine to humans at agricultural fair

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Researchers found the H3N2 virus in swine at state fairs in Ohio and Michigan, which was transmitted to humans.

Live attenuated influenza vaccine ineffective in children during 2015-2016 season

Live attenuated influenza vaccine ineffective in children during 2015-2016 season

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The live attenuated vaccine was ineffective among children between 2 and 17 years of age during the 2015-2016 season.

Previous maternal influenza vaccine does not weaken newborn benefit

Previous maternal influenza vaccine does not weaken newborn benefit

Researchers found that in a cohort of pregnant women, receipt of influenza vaccine the previous year predicts higher baseline antibody titers and decreased peak antibody responses against all influenza strains.

Clinician communication affects parental decision-making with pediatric influenza vaccine

Clinician communication affects parental decision-making with pediatric influenza vaccine

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About half of patients accepted influenza vaccination for their child if the clinician used a presumptive vs participatory initiation format.

The flu vaccine's influence on public health

The flu vaccine's influence on public health

Improving influenza vaccination rates will require a much greater commitment to preventative public health to change public perception of the importance and efficacy of flu vaccination.

CDC: 101 influenza deaths in children reported for 2016-17

CDC: 101 influenza deaths in children reported for 2016-17

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A total of 101 influenza-related deaths occurred among children throughout the 2016-17 flu season.

Study finds flu shots less effective for obese adults

Study finds flu shots less effective for obese adults

Study finds flu shots are less effective for obese adults compared to healthy weight individuals.

CDC: Influenza vaccine rate low this season

CDC: Influenza vaccine rate low this season

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Forty percent of people have reported receiving the flu vaccine thus far, including 37% of children.

Mortality rate from infectious diseases remains unchanged in the United States

Mortality rate from infectious diseases remains unchanged in the United States

The number of patients dying from infections has remained stable, but some disease threats have changed.

The flu shot versus flu nasal spray—which is more effective?

The flu shot versus flu nasal spray—which is more effective?

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In a study of pediatric patients, vaccine coverage in both LAIV and IIV groups was similar.

FDA approves generic Tamiflu

FDA approves generic Tamiflu

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Oseltamivir phosphate can be used to prevent flu in patients aged 1 year and older.

A clinician and patient mistake

A clinician and patient mistake

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It is well-accepted that healthcare practitioners have a duty to their patients, but do patients have a duty as well?

Nasal flu vaccine not recommended for 2016-2017 flu season

Nasal flu vaccine not recommended for 2016-2017 flu season

The nasal flu vaccine had a protection rate of only 3%.

Concomitant vaccine administration may increase febrile seizure risk

Concomitant vaccine administration may increase febrile seizure risk

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Children who receive the influenza vaccine at the same time as PCV or a DTaP-containing vaccine have an increased risk for febrile seizure.

Predicting viral mutations may improve flu vaccine efficacy

Predicting viral mutations may improve flu vaccine efficacy

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Natural viral mutations ensure that the seasonal flu vaccine must be updated on a yearly basis.

ACIP recommends minor changes in flu vaccination practices

ACIP recommends minor changes in flu vaccination practices

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An ACIP panel recommended adding live-attenuated influenza vaccination as an option for individuals with egg allergy of any severity.

A side effect of the flu vaccine?

A side effect of the flu vaccine?

A clinician questions wonders if there is a connection between cardiac arrhythmia and the flu vaccine.

CDC reports nearly 60% efficacy for influenza vaccine

CDC reports nearly 60% efficacy for influenza vaccine

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The ACIP announced the latest vaccine effectiveness percentages at their February 24th meeting.

CDC urges rapid antiviral treatment of very ill and high-risk patients suspected of having influenza

CDC urges rapid antiviral treatment of very ill and high-risk patients suspected of having influenza

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Cases of both influenza A and influenza B have been reported since October 2015.

Flu vaccine in pregnant women

Flu vaccine in pregnant women

A clinician expresses concerns about potentially misleading flu vaccination information for pregnant women.

A clinician's guide for managing patient perceptions of the flu vaccine

A clinician's guide for managing patient perceptions of the flu vaccine

By presenting research on the safety and efficacy of the flu vaccine, clinicians can successfully promote vaccination to patients in their care.

Influenza vaccine may reduce all-cause mortality rates in patients with heart failure

Influenza vaccine may reduce all-cause mortality rates in patients with heart failure

Patients with heart failure who receive the influenza vaccine may have a lower risk for all-cause mortality compared with those who do not get the vaccine.

Stat Consult: Influenza 
in children

Stat Consult: Influenza 
in children

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Learn how to diagnose and treat influenza in children.

The CDC's statistics on influenza—fact or hype?


The CDC's statistics on influenza—fact or hype?


Clinicians debate the fact or hype present in the CDC's most recently released statistics on influenza death rate.

The flu shot remains a vital healthcare tool

The flu shot remains a vital healthcare tool

Even if the flu shot "misses," as it did last year, it remains one of the best tools we have to help our patients live healthier lives.

FDA approves adjuvant flu vaccine for use in the elderly

FDA approves adjuvant flu vaccine for use in the elderly

The FDA has approved Fluad, a trivalent flu vaccine with the adjuvant MF59, for use in patients aged 65 and older.

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