Influenza

Baloxavir Marboxil, Safe and Effective in Treatment of Uncomplicated Influenza

Baloxavir Marboxil, Safe and Effective in Treatment of Uncomplicated Influenza

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A single dose of baloxavir marboxil was superior to placebo in controlling influenza symptoms in patients with uncomplicated disease.

Influenza an Independent Risk Factor for Invasive Pulmonary Aspergillosis

Influenza an Independent Risk Factor for Invasive Pulmonary Aspergillosis

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Influenza proved to be an independent risk factor for invasive pulmonary aspergillosis.

AAP Updates Recommendations for Pediatric Flu Vaccination

AAP Updates Recommendations for Pediatric Flu Vaccination

All children and adolescents are advised to undergo annual influenza immunization, ideally with an inactivated influenza vaccine.

Influenza Caused Emirates Flight to Be Briefly Quarantined at JFK

Influenza Caused Emirates Flight to Be Briefly Quarantined at JFK

The mysterious illness that kept a plane away from the terminal after some passengers reported feeling sick has been confirmed as the flu.

AAP Issues Updated Influenza Vaccine Recommendations

AAP Issues Updated Influenza Vaccine Recommendations

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 2017-2018 flu season was one of the most severe - excluding pandemics - on record.

Immune Cells' Gene Expression May Predict Flu Susceptibility

Immune Cells' Gene Expression May Predict Flu Susceptibility

KLRD1-expressing natural killer cells may be a biomarker for influenza susceptibility.

China Withholding H7N9 Bird Flu Virus Samples From the United States

China Withholding H7N9 Bird Flu Virus Samples From the United States

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

Obesity May Increase Duration of Influenza A Virus Shedding in Adults

Obesity May Increase Duration of Influenza A Virus Shedding in Adults

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Obesity may play an important role in influenza transmission, highlighting the importance of working toward controlling and preventing the obesity epidemic.

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.

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

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

H1N1 Immune Priming and Egg-Adaptation Affect Antibody Responses After Vaccination

H1N1 Immune Priming and Egg-Adaptation Affect Antibody Responses After Vaccination

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Immune priming with seasonal H1N1 viruses earlier in life and egg-adaptation in vaccines can impact antibody responses following influenza vaccination.

Predictors of Influenza Vaccine Acceptance in Inflammatory Rheumatic Diseases

Predictors of Influenza Vaccine Acceptance in Inflammatory Rheumatic Diseases

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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.

Influenza-MRSA Co-Infection May Require Vancomycin Plus Second Antibiotic

Influenza-MRSA Co-Infection May Require Vancomycin Plus Second Antibiotic

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The early addition of a second anti-MRSA antibiotic to vancomycin may reduce mortality in severe cases of influenza-MRSA co-infection in children.

Priority Review Granted to Novel Oral Influenza Treatment

Priority Review Granted to Novel Oral Influenza Treatment

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Baloxavir marboxil, an investigational, oral treatment for acute uncomplicated influenza in those aged ≥12 years has been granted Priority Review by the FDA.

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

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The 2017-2018 influenza season in the United States (October 1, 2017-May 19, 2018) was a high-severity season.

Mandatory Influenza Vaccination Advised for Healthcare Personnel in VA, Non-VA Hospitals

Mandatory Influenza Vaccination Advised for Healthcare Personnel in VA, Non-VA Hospitals

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A national survey was conducted to assess influenza prevention practices in Veterans Affairs and non-Veterans Affairs hospitals in the United States.

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

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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

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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.

Increased Pollution Exposure Ups Health Care Visits for Acute LRI

Increased Pollution Exposure Ups Health Care Visits for Acute LRI

Short-term exposure to fine particulate matter is associated with increased health care utilization for acute lower respiratory infection.

ACOG: Updated Recommendations for Influenza Vaccination During Pregnancy

ACOG: Updated Recommendations for Influenza Vaccination During Pregnancy

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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 Caregivers Likely to Receive Influenza Vaccination From Pediatric Clinics

Adult Caregivers Likely to Receive Influenza Vaccination From Pediatric Clinics

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Adult caretaker influenza vaccination cocooning programs can prove beneficial and financially successful in private practice models where external funding is limited or not available.

Inactivated Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine Highly Efficacious in Children Aged 6-35 Months

Inactivated Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine Highly Efficacious in Children Aged 6-35 Months

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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.

Efficacy of Adjuvanted vs Conventional Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine Compared

Efficacy of Adjuvanted vs Conventional Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine Compared

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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.

Paracetamol Overuse During Cold and Flu Season

Paracetamol Overuse During Cold and Flu Season

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During the cold and flu season, the use and over-dosing of paracetamol is common, and may partially be driven by higher use of over-the-counter combination medications for the treatment of upper respiratory cold/flu symptoms.

Pneumonia and Influenza May Trigger Acute MI, Stroke

Pneumonia and Influenza May Trigger Acute MI, Stroke

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Researchers found increased myocardial infarction rates during the week after Streptococcus pneumoniae and influenza infections.

A 56-Year-Old Man With Flu-Like Symptoms Presents With Palpitations

A 56-Year-Old Man With Flu-Like Symptoms Presents With Palpitations

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A 56-year-old man with improved flu-like symptoms, but marked shortness of breath and palpitations, presents to an urgent care center.

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