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Universal Influenza Vaccine: A Game Changer in Prevention

Universal Influenza Vaccine: A Game Changer in Prevention

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.

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Higher Influenza Vaccination Uptake Associated With Provider Recommendations

Higher Influenza Vaccination Uptake Associated With Provider Recommendations

A new study indicates that early-season influenza vaccination coverage was significantly higher among adults aged ≥18 years with a provider visit and recommendation/offer for vaccination.

Influenza Activity Dominated by H3N2 Viruses, Vaccine Only 25% Effective

Influenza Activity Dominated by H3N2 Viruses, Vaccine Only 25% Effective

Early treatment with neuraminidase inhibitor antiviral medications is recommended for patients with severe, complicated, or progressive influenza illness and those at higher risk for influenza complications, including adults aged ≥65 years who develop influenza symptoms.

Fighting the Spread of Influenza With Ultraviolet Light

Fighting the Spread of Influenza With Ultraviolet Light

Airborne influenza viruses may be safely and effectively eradicated with continuous low doses of far ultraviolet C light.

CDC Seasonal Influenza A(H3N2) Activity and Treatment Advisory

CDC Seasonal Influenza A(H3N2) Activity and Treatment Advisory

Recent significantly increased influenza activity prompts CDC advisory for antiviral treatment.

Repeat Influenza Vaccination Effective in Preventing Severe Influenza in Elderly

Repeat Influenza Vaccination Effective in Preventing Severe Influenza in Elderly

Prevention of severe and fatal infection caused by influenza was observed mainly in patients who were vaccinated in both the current and previous seasons, reinforcing the recommendation of annual vaccination in older adults.

Influenza Vaccine in Children: Recommendations From the AAP

Influenza Vaccine in Children: Recommendations From the AAP

Providers may continue to offer vaccines until June 30 of every year, the date marking the end of the influenza season, because influenza is unpredictable.

Guideline Update for Influenza Vaccine in Patients With Egg Allergy

Guideline Update for Influenza Vaccine in Patients With Egg Allergy

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

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

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.

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