Influenza

Population Density, Structure Impact Length of Flu Season

Population Density, Structure Impact Length of Flu Season

Larger cities with higher base transmission potentials have more diffuse influenza epidemics.

Variations in Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Healthcare Employees Reported

Variations in Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Healthcare Employees Reported

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Wide variations in influenza vaccine coverage have been noted across healthcare personnel based on occupation and worksite.

Active Choice Intervention Effective in Increasing Influenza Vaccination Rates at Primary Care Practices

Active Choice Intervention Effective in Increasing Influenza Vaccination Rates at Primary Care Practices

Influenza vaccination rates decline as the clinic day progresses.

80,000 Americans Died From Influenza Over Last Year

80,000 Americans Died From Influenza Over Last Year

2017 to 2018 flu strains hit the very young and elderly especially hard; poor vaccine/strain match-up.

AAP Updates Recommendations for Pediatric Flu Vaccination

AAP Updates Recommendations for Pediatric Flu Vaccination

All children age 6 months and older, including teens, advised to undergo annual immunization.

Immune Cells' Gene Expression May Predict Flu Susceptibility

Immune Cells' Gene Expression May Predict Flu Susceptibility

Expression of KLRD1 by natural killer cells before infection associated with influenza severity.

China Withholding H7N9 Bird Flu Virus Samples From US

China Withholding H7N9 Bird Flu Virus Samples From US

Specimens of the rapidly evolving virus are needed to develop vaccines and treatments.

CDC: Updated Influenza Vaccination Recommendations for 2018-2019

CDC: Updated Influenza Vaccination Recommendations for 2018-2019

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In general, routine annual vaccination is recommended for all patients ≥6 months of age who have no contraindications.

Inactivated Influenza Vaccine Preferred for Nursing Mothers

Inactivated Influenza Vaccine Preferred for Nursing Mothers

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Women receiving the inactivated influenza vaccine demonstrated superior antibody response compared with those receiving the live attenuated influenza vaccine.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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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.

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.

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.

Airborne influenza transmission possible through exhalation

Airborne influenza transmission possible through exhalation

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

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.

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.

The flu pandemic of 1918: 100 years later

The flu pandemic of 1918: 100 years later

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.

Multiple flu vaccinations may prevent death, serious infection

Multiple flu vaccinations may prevent death, serious infection

Intensive care and death were greatly prevented in patients who were annually vaccinated.

Man flu: man-made or real illness?

Man flu: man-made or real illness?

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Men may experience a lower immune response than women, adding insight to the man flu debate.

Flu vaccine safe for individuals with egg allergy

Flu vaccine safe for individuals with egg allergy

Inactivated and live attenuated flu vaccines can be safely administered to people with egg allergies.

Healthcare system fires 50 employees for refusing influenza vaccination

Healthcare system fires 50 employees for refusing influenza vaccination

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A Minnesota-based hospital chain fires about 50 employees for refusal to receive the influenza vaccine.

Reduced effectiveness of last season's flu vaccine traced to mutation in chicken eggs

Reduced effectiveness of last season's flu vaccine traced to mutation in chicken eggs

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New virus mutations make antibody binding difficult as mismatches in vaccines and viruses emerge.

No evidence that the influenza vaccine causes VTE

No evidence that the influenza vaccine causes VTE

In the 1 to 10 days after flu vaccine administration, there was no increased risk for VTE.

Positive mood associated with enhanced responses to influenza vaccination

Positive mood associated with enhanced responses to influenza vaccination

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Greater positive mood significantly predicted greater antibody responses to the influenza vaccination.

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.

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