Although substantial emphasis is placed on vaccinations in considering how to limit the spread of influenza, simple hygienic methods have been found to be the most effective and should be more widely supported.
The advisory comes early as physicians are currently placing vaccine orders.
Even relatively low-efficacy influenza vaccines can have a high impact, especially with optimal distribution across age groups.
The sBLA included clinical data from a Phase 4 study that enrolled nearly 2000 children and assessed the safety and immunogenicity of the 0.5mL dose.
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.
Adult caretaker influenza vaccination cocooning programs can prove beneficial and financially successful in private practice models where external funding is limited or not available.
Study adds to the body of existing evidence to support universal vaccination of all children from 6 months of age, irrespective of risk status, to prevent influenza in this age group and to reduce the spread of influenza in the general population.
MF59 adjuvanted, quadrivalent influenza vaccine (aQIV) was found to be more efficacious in preventing influenza than a non-adjuvanted conventional influenza vaccine in children aged 6 through 23 months.
Among children there was an increased risk for acute respiratory illness caused by noninfluenza respiratory pathogens following influenza vaccination compared to unvaccinated children during the same period.
Discontinuing methotrexate for 2 weeks following flu vaccine may improve the immunogenicity of the vaccine in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
Researchers compared the safety and immunogenicity of the quadrivalent, recombinant influenza vaccine vs the inactivated influenza vaccine in children and adolescents 6 to 17 years of age.
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