Influenza

Universal Influenza Vaccine: A Game Changer in Prevention

Universal Influenza Vaccine: A Game Changer in Prevention

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A dedicated research effort led by NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is aimed at developing a universal influenza vaccine that would confer better and longer-lasting protection against influenza virus strains.

Guideline Update for Influenza Vaccine in Patients With Egg Allergy

Guideline Update for Influenza Vaccine in Patients With Egg Allergy

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A new guideline states patients with an egg allergy do not need to avoid or take special precautions when receiving the influenza vaccine.

Accurate Influenza Testing Possible With Midturbinate Nasal Swabs

Accurate Influenza Testing Possible With Midturbinate Nasal Swabs

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A study evaluated whether influenza testing can be performed more comfortably by taking midturbinate swabs without compromising test sensitivity.

Can the Influenza Vaccine Prevent Acute Otitis Media?

Can the Influenza Vaccine Prevent Acute Otitis Media?

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Vaccination may confer modest reductions in acute otitis media (AOM) and AOM-targeted antibiotic use but use of influenza vaccine as a strategy to reduce AOM is likely unjustified.

Influenza Vaccination Rates Moderately Increase With Text Message Reminders

Influenza Vaccination Rates Moderately Increase With Text Message Reminders

SMS reminders are moderately effective in increasing the amount of people receiving the influenza vaccine.

Influenza Activity Increasing in United States

Influenza Activity Increasing in United States

In October 2017, influenza activity was low, however it started to increase by November.

Fast Track Designation for Novel Monoclonal Antibody Targeting Influenza A

Fast Track Designation for Novel Monoclonal Antibody Targeting Influenza A

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The FDA has granted Fast Track designation to Visterra's lead product, VIS410.

Chicken Egg Mutations Linked to Decreased Flu Vaccine Effectiveness

Chicken Egg Mutations Linked to Decreased Flu Vaccine Effectiveness

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The limited effectiveness of the 2016-2017 influenza vaccine may stem from a mutation in fertilized chicken eggs.

Healthcare Workers Fired for Refusing Influenza Vaccination

Healthcare Workers Fired for Refusing Influenza Vaccination

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Several employees were fired from a Minnesota-based hospital chain for refusing to receive flu vaccination.

Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Enhanced With Positive Mood

Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Enhanced With Positive Mood

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Positive mood on the day of influenza vaccination in older adults is associated with enhanced vaccine effectiveness.

Efficacy of Non-Adjuvanted Influenza H1N1 Vaccine in Systemic Sclerosis

Efficacy of Non-Adjuvanted Influenza H1N1 Vaccine in Systemic Sclerosis

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Use of the non-adjuvanted influenza A H1N1 vaccine was shown to be safe and efficacious in patients with systemic sclerosis.

CDC Updates Guidelines for Seasonal Influenza Vaccines

CDC Updates Guidelines for Seasonal Influenza Vaccines

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For the 2017-18 season, quadrivalent and trivalent influenza vaccines will be available; live attenuated influenza vaccine is not recommended for use.

Intravenous Zanamivir Safe, Efficacious in Children With Influenza

Intravenous Zanamivir Safe, Efficacious in Children With Influenza

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Zanamivir is a neuraminidase inhibitor approved in the United States as an oral inhalation powder for acute, uncomplicated influenza in children ≥7 years of age and prophylaxis in children ≥5 years of age.

Temporary Cessation of Methotrexate Improves Influenza Vaccine Response in RA

Temporary Cessation of Methotrexate Improves Influenza Vaccine Response in RA

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Temporary cessation of methotrexate after receiving the influenza vaccine improves the immunogenicity of vaccination in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

Oral Tablet Influenza Vaccine Shows Promising Results

Oral Tablet Influenza Vaccine Shows Promising Results

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An investigational H1 influenza oral tablet vaccine provides similar protection against influenza as an injectable vaccine.

Greater Pandemic Potential With a Highly Pathogenic H7N9 Avian Influenza Virus

Greater Pandemic Potential With a Highly Pathogenic H7N9 Avian Influenza Virus

A highly pathogenic H7N9 avian influenza variant has evolved and now has the potential to cause a pandemic

FDA Expands Peramivir Injection for Children With Acute Uncomplicated Influenza

FDA Expands Peramivir Injection for Children With Acute Uncomplicated Influenza

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The has expanded the use of Rapivab to pediatric patients aged ≥2 years with acute uncomplicated influenza

Newer Influenza Tests Have Better Sensitivity Compared With Traditional Tests

Newer Influenza Tests Have Better Sensitivity Compared With Traditional Tests

Digital immunoassays and rapid nucleic acid amplification tests have higher sensitivities for detecting influenza than rapid influenza diagnostic tests.

Influenza Vaccination Crucial for Elderly Patients

Influenza Vaccination Crucial for Elderly Patients

The NFID urges those 65 and older to receive their annual influenza vaccination to protect against the flu.

Link Between Influenza Vaccine, Spontaneous Abortion Further Clarified

Link Between Influenza Vaccine, Spontaneous Abortion Further Clarified

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Pregnant women who received vaccines containing the pH1N1 antigen for 2 consecutive influenza seasons may have increased risk for spontaneous abortion 28 days postvaccination.

Influenza Vaccination Among Health Care Personnel Reviewed

Influenza Vaccination Among Health Care Personnel Reviewed

Only 78% of health care personnel and only 53.6% of pregnant women received influenza vaccination during the 2016-2017 influenza season.

Diagnostic Practices for Sepsis Identification in Febrile Infants

Diagnostic Practices for Sepsis Identification in Febrile Infants

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Infantile sepsis evaluations vary considerably and could benefit from the development of an updated, standardized guideline.

Influenza Vaccine in Elderly Adults: Is High-Dose Better Than Standard-Dose?

Influenza Vaccine in Elderly Adults: Is High-Dose Better Than Standard-Dose?

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A higher dose of the flu vaccine provided better protection against respiratory and all-cause hospital admissions.

ACIP Issues New Influenza Guidelines for 2017-2018

ACIP Issues New Influenza Guidelines for 2017-2018

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The ACIP issued new guidelines for the upcoming influenza season including not using live attenuated influenza vaccine because of concerns of effectiveness.

Influenza Vaccine's Effectiveness Following Repeated Vaccination

Influenza Vaccine's Effectiveness Following Repeated Vaccination

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Influenza vaccination is recommended annually because of antigenic drift, which warrants the change of influenza vaccine on a year-to-year basis.

Seqirus Begins Shipping 2017-2018 Influenza Vaccines

Seqirus Begins Shipping 2017-2018 Influenza Vaccines

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Both trivalent and quadrivalent formulations of the influenza vaccine will be offered by Seqirus, which were developed using egg- and cell-based technologies.

Influenza Vaccination Beneficial for Elderly With Asthma

Influenza Vaccination Beneficial for Elderly With Asthma

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The flu vaccine may have benefits by reducing negative outcomes and mortality associated with contracting influenza.

Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine in Children Ineffective During 2015-16 Season

Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine in Children Ineffective During 2015-16 Season

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The live attenuated influenza vaccine was ineffective among children between 2 and 17 years of age during the 2015-2016 season.

Improving the Flu Vaccination Rate and Its Effect on Public Health

Improving the Flu Vaccination Rate and Its Effect on Public Health

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Improving the rates of children and adult influenza vaccination could improve public health drastically.

Prior Maternal Flu Vaccination Does Not Affect Newborn Antibody Titers

Prior Maternal Flu Vaccination Does Not Affect Newborn Antibody Titers

Prior influenza vaccination predicts higher baseline antibody titers and decreased peak antibody responses against all influenza strains in pregnant women.

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