Influenza

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.

Stat Consult: Influenza in adults

Stat Consult: Influenza in adults

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Learn how to diagnose and treat influenza in adults.

Influenza: How serious is it?

Influenza: How serious is it?

Providers should educate their patients on the prevalence of influenza, its potential complications, and the available prevention options.

Influenza vaccine can prevent pneumonia hospitalizations

Influenza vaccine can prevent pneumonia hospitalizations

The influenza vaccine may be able to prevent approximately 57% of hospitalizations due to influenza pneumonia.

Early treatment for flu beneficial for seniors

Early treatment for flu beneficial for seniors

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Seniors with the flu should be treated as soon as possible in order to reduce hospital stay length and the need for extended care after discharge.

Higher influenza vaccination rate 
leads to lower risk for seniors

Higher influenza vaccination rate 
leads to lower risk for seniors

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Higher influenza vaccination rates among healthy adults may lower the risk for influenza among older adults, according to a study published online ahead of print September 9 in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Egg-free influenza vaccine now available

Egg-free influenza vaccine now available

The makers of the egg-free flu vaccine, Flublok, have announced that it is now available nationwide.

Flu, pneumococcal vaccines recommended by CDC, NFID

Flu, pneumococcal vaccines recommended by CDC, NFID

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Clinicians are advised to lead by example and encourage all patients to get their annual influenza vaccine.

AAP calls for mandatory flu vaccines for children, health care workers

AAP calls for mandatory flu vaccines for children, health care workers

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that flu vaccines should be mandatory for children and health care workers.

Nursing home residents should receive annual flu vaccine

Nursing home residents should receive annual flu vaccine

A new study provides evidence that yearly influenza vaccination benefited residents of nursing homes.

Decreased flu vaccine efficacy due to differing strains

Decreased flu vaccine efficacy due to differing strains

The strain of H3N2 used in last year's flu vaccine differed from the circulating strain.

A more effective flu vaccine?

A more effective flu vaccine?

Flublok Quadrivalent vaccine was 33% more effective in preventing flu than the traditional vaccine.

CDC updates vaccine recommendations, approves 9-valent HPV vaccine

CDC updates vaccine recommendations, approves 9-valent HPV vaccine

The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices met to vote on updates to several vaccine recommendations, including for HPV.

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