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Improving Efforts to Prepare for Influenza Epidemics

Improving Efforts to Prepare for Influenza Epidemics

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.

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Flu Vaccine Cuts Mortality in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

Flu Vaccine Cuts Mortality in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis, particularly elderly patients, who receive the influenza vaccine have significantly lower morbidity and mortality.

Comparison of Live Attenuated vs Inactive Influenza Vaccine in Nursing Mothers

Comparison of Live Attenuated vs Inactive Influenza Vaccine in Nursing Mothers

Both LAIV and IIV are safe for nursing mothers, however, breast milk and serum antibody responses were higher for IIV.

Predictors of Influenza Vaccine Acceptance in Inflammatory Rheumatic Diseases

Predictors of Influenza Vaccine Acceptance in Inflammatory Rheumatic Diseases

A direct recommendation from physicians had the greatest effect on patients' positive vaccination status.

Mucus Protects Airborne Flu Virus at All Humidities

Mucus Protects Airborne Flu Virus at All Humidities

Influenza virus aerosols remain infectious at all humidity levels.

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.

Increase in Requirement for Influenza Vaccinations at Non-VA Hospitals

Increase in Requirement for Influenza Vaccinations at Non-VA Hospitals

At non VA hospitals, but not in VA hospitals, there was an increase in mandatory influenza vaccination requirements for health care personnel from 2013 to 2017.

AAP Recommends Shot Over Nasal Spray for 2018-2019 Flu Season

AAP Recommends Shot Over Nasal Spray for 2018-2019 Flu Season

The advisory comes early as physicians are currently placing vaccine orders.

Flu Vaccines Have High Impact, Even With Relatively Low Efficacy

Flu Vaccines Have High Impact, Even With Relatively Low Efficacy

Even relatively low-efficacy influenza vaccines can have a high impact, especially with optimal distribution across age groups.

FDA to Review Fluzone Quadrivalent 0.5mL Dose for Younger Patients

FDA to Review Fluzone Quadrivalent 0.5mL Dose for Younger Patients

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.

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.

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