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Safety and Efficacy of Intravenous Zanamivir in Severe Influenza

Safety and Efficacy of Intravenous Zanamivir in Severe Influenza

Intravenous zanamivir is as safe and efficacious as oral oseltamivir in hospitalized patients with severe influenza.

The relative risk for healthcare-associated infections has decreased in the last 15 years due to improvements in awareness of risk associated with devices, infection control, and evidence-based practice regarding use of devices.

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Influenza Vaccine Dose-Sparing Possible Without Compromising Safety

Influenza Vaccine Dose-Sparing Possible Without Compromising Safety

A prospective multicenter study examined the optimal dose of seasonal trivalent influenza vaccines.

Pediatric Influenza Armamentarium Bolstered by New Investigational Vaccine

Pediatric Influenza Armamentarium Bolstered by New Investigational Vaccine

Seqirus IIV4, an investigational quadrivalent inactivated influenza vaccine, was found to be noninferior to US-licensed comparator IIV4 in children aged 5 to 17 years.

H1N1 Vaccine May Increase Risk of Narcolepsy and Hypersomnia

H1N1 Vaccine May Increase Risk of Narcolepsy and Hypersomnia

Researchers found a significant correlation between the H1N1 vaccine administered during the 2009 influenza pandemic and both narcolepsy and hypersomnia.

Efficacy of H1N1 Influenza Vaccine Much Stronger in Children

Efficacy of H1N1 Influenza Vaccine Much Stronger in Children

Vaccines used since the 2009 pandemic were found to be effective in the prevention of influenza and influenza-related hospitalization, particularly among children.

FDA Approves Extended Shelf Life for Egg-Free Influenza Vaccine

FDA Approves Extended Shelf Life for Egg-Free Influenza Vaccine

Flublok Quadrivalent, an influenza vaccine, was approved an extended shelf life of 6 to 9 months by the FDA.

Wide Variation in Flu Vaccination Coverage by Industry and Occupation

Wide Variation in Flu Vaccination Coverage by Industry and Occupation

There was variation in flu vaccination coverage by industry and occupation, with high coverage in the health care industries and occupations.

Vaccination Reduces Influenza-associated Death in Children and Adolescents

Vaccination Reduces Influenza-associated Death in Children and Adolescents

Vaccination reduces influenza-associated death in children with overall effectiveness of 65%.

Influenza Vaccine Safe During Any Trimester of Pregnancy

Influenza Vaccine Safe During Any Trimester of Pregnancy

Researchers found that the influenza vaccine, when given to pregnant women, does not affect weeks' gestation of the infant at birth or the infant's birth weight.

Intramuscular Flu Vaccination Recommended for Patients With Eczema

Intramuscular Flu Vaccination Recommended for Patients With Eczema

Patients with atopic dermatitis with S aureus had reduced immune response to intradermal influenza vaccination but not intramuscular vaccination.

High-Dose Influenza Vaccine in H3N2 Season More Effective in Seniors

High-Dose Influenza Vaccine in H3N2 Season More Effective in Seniors

Compared to infections by H1N1 or influenza B viruses, H3N2 influenza viruses have been associated with higher mortality in older adults.

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