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.
During cold/flu season there is an increase in acetaminophen use and overdosing.
Undergoing cardiac surgery during the influenza season is associated with increased likelihood of development of acute respiratory distress syndrome.
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.
No increased risk of incident epilepsy was seen among children who received influenza vaccination during the 2009-2010 influenza season in Norway.
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.
Influenza infections are independently compartmentalized in the upper and lower airways.
NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is researching ways to develop a universal influenza vaccine against multiple strains.
Younger adults are more likely to have provider-ordered flu testing than older adults.
In 1918, between 50 and 100 million people are thought to have died from the great influenza pandemic, representing as much as 5% of the world's population.
Intensive care and death were greatly prevented in patients who were annually vaccinated.
Men may experience a lower immune response than women, adding insight to the man flu debate.
Inactivated and live attenuated flu vaccines can be safely administered to people with egg allergies.
A Minnesota-based hospital chain fires about 50 employees for refusal to receive the influenza vaccine.
New virus mutations make antibody binding difficult as mismatches in vaccines and viruses emerge.
In the 1 to 10 days after flu vaccine administration, there was no increased risk for VTE.
Greater positive mood significantly predicted greater antibody responses to the influenza vaccination.
The guidelines include a strong recommendation for annual seasonal influenza immunization for everyone 6 months and older.
Total influenza vaccination rates among children in the 2016 to 2017 influenza season dropped 1.6% from the year before.
Digital immunoassays and rapid nucleic acid amplification tests have higher sensitivities for detecting influenza than rapid influenza diagnostic tests.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has released the guidelines for the 2017-2018 season.
Researchers found the H3N2 virus in swine at state fairs in Ohio and Michigan, which was transmitted to humans.
The live attenuated vaccine was ineffective among children between 2 and 17 years of age during the 2015-2016 season.
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.
About half of patients accepted influenza vaccination for their child if the clinician used a presumptive vs participatory initiation format.
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.
A total of 101 influenza-related deaths occurred among children throughout the 2016-17 flu season.
Study finds flu shots are less effective for obese adults compared to healthy weight individuals.
Forty percent of people have reported receiving the flu vaccine thus far, including 37% of children.
The number of patients dying from infections has remained stable, but some disease threats have changed.